Fanning managed to retreat to the safety of a boat and amazingly was unhurt after the shark attack
Pro surfer Mick Fanning got the scare of his life when he was attacked by a shark during the Word Surf League’s JBay Open in South Africa.

34-year-old Australia Fanning was seen wading out on his board at Jeffreys Bay when a daunting fin appeared immediately behind him in the water, and the Penrith-born surfer immediately knew he was in trouble.

As the shark made a lunge for the triple-world champion, Fanning leapt off his board and attempted to use it as a shield between himself and predator in a bid to save his life.

  Australian pro surfer Mick Fanning Somehow, Fanning – nicknamed ‘White Lightning’- managed to fight off the shark and get himself to safety in the form of a boat hat came rushing to his aid, and he emerged from the ocean somehow unscathed. Even his board appeared to be in one piece.

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"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 said afterwards.

"I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth."
Fanning was competing in the final against fellow Australian Julian Wilson when the attack happened. Organisers cancelled the event after two sharks had bee spotted in the area due to the risk of another attack being "too high".