Shark attacks champion surfer Mick Fanning during competition in South Africa

A shark has attacked triple world surfing champion Mick Fanning during a competition in Jeffreys Bay on the eastern Cape of South Africa.

The Australia surfer was actually knocked from his surfboard Sunday at the start of the final of the J-Bay Open and chased by the shark.

“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,” Fanning told Sky News Australia. “I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth.”

Here’s the World Surf League’s play by play of the unexpected action.

 

And, here’s Mick Fanning when he’s not being harassed by sharks.

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Mick Fanning/Facebook
Mick Fanning at Bells Beach/Facebook
Mick Fanning at Bells Beach/Facebook

Photo World Surf League/Twitter

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