Pro Surfer Mick Fanning Narrowly Escapes Shark Attack At J-Bay Open

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Zohaib Ahmed
He very nearly became the midday meal of a hungry great white.

The life of a professional surfer is not easy by any means. They don't just have to fight off opponents and the soaring waves but apparently also sharks.

Australian surfer Mick Fanning was competing at the World Surf League’s J-Bay Open in South Africa on Sunday when he was knocked off his board and dragged under the surface by a great white.

As a camera played out the scene live on TV, Fanning managed to resurface, fleeing the scene like it was nobody's business. The whole incident can be seen below.

"I was just sitting there and I felt something just get stuck in my leg rope, and I was kicking trying to get it away," a visibly shaken Fanning said after the close call. "I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth to come at me. I punched it in the back."

As tears poured uncontrollably out of his eyes, he added: "I just want to let all my friends and family know I'm OK."

Fanning's escape wasn't the only gratifying thing about the shark attack. Fellow surfer and rival Julian Wilson didn't flee after seeing the shark drag Fanning under, but instead paddled furiously toward him to try to save his friend. 

Following what could have easily been a very nasty incident, the World Surf League called it a day.

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