Mick Fanning, moments before the Final of the 2015 J-Bay Open. Multiple rounds had run already, with no hint of sharks in the lineup, so no one could have predicted what was about to happen. Photo: Miller

 Fanning, moments after the attack. The shark bit through his leash then tangled with Fanning before moving on through the lineup. Photo: Miller

 Fanning, fighting for his life. Photo: Moran

 For Fanning, it was first fight, and then flight. Without his board, he instinctively began swimming toward shore as help headed his way. Photo: Miller

 Somewhere in this picture, a shark lurks underwater. Luckily, no one was hurt. Photo: Moran

 Julian Wilson was paddling back up to the point after catching the first wave of the heat, and he arrived to Mick at the same time as the Water Patrol, who made an incredibly swift and timely rescue. Photo: Miller

 An intense moment of panic tested the Water Patrol, whose reaction may have saved a life. Photo: Moran

 The calm after the storm. Photo: Moran

 Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson, with more adrenaline pumping through their veins than most mere mortals could handle. Photo: Miller

 Mick Fanning recounts the attack back on land. Of course, he landed a punch. Photo: Miller

 Slater commented on the attack by saying, "I don't know whether to laugh or cry." With Fanning safe, and him and Wilson both back on land, they found themselves between the two emotions as well. Photo: Miller

Wilson and Fanning will split the 1st place prize, points, and money, and no more heats will be surfed at the 2015 J-Bay Open. Photo: Miller