You really never know when disaster sneaks up behind you and suddenly strikes. This time, disaster comes with a sharp set of teeth.
Mick Fannning is an Australian surfing champion. He was surfing in the water of South Africa last July 19, 2015, when a shark attacked him while participating in a final event of the J-Bay Open.
In the live footage, Fanning can be seen that he was startled by the shark, which only bit off the leg rope on his surfboard.
Fortunately, he did not acquire any injuries, and safety crews immediately arrived to rescue the surfer.
“It came up and got stuck in my leg rope,” Fanning told News.com.au. “I instantly just jumped away. It kept coming at my board, and I was kicking and screaming. I just saw fins. I didn’t see teeth. I was waiting for the teeth to come at me. I punched it in the back.”
The World Surf League didn’t hesitate for a second to cancel the event when its deputy commissioner Renato Hickel confirmed the presence of two sharks in the water.