Shark Spoils Surfing Competition By Attacking Guy In First Place
Rick Chandler 01:46 pm, July 19th, 2015
If you know me, you know that I hate it when my favorite sporting events are interrupted by shark attacks. But imagine how surfer Mick Fanning felt, when, while waiting for a wave at the J-Bay Open in South Africa, he was attacked by what is suspected to be a Great White.
* Fanning is OK. The shark did not take any bites.
* Julian Wilson, who was also waiting on the wave, saw what was happening and paddled toward Fanning to try and help.
* The competition was stopped for the day.
Fanning was in the lineup waiting for another set wave when the attack occurred. In the footage, viewers are able to clearly identify a large fin approach Fanning before chaos erupts. Suddenly, the water churns into a fury. “Holy shit!” event commentators exclaimed as Jet Skis in the lineup raced toward Fanning to pull him from the water.
Miraculously, Fanning came out of the life-threatening event unscathed. Moments after the attack, he gave a chilling description of the harrowing ordeal stating that he “got a punch in” while fighting for his life.
“I’m tripping out right now. I just saw the footage of the attack. I was just about to start paddling and I had this instinct that something was behind me. And then the shark came up from behind me and attacked. I got pulled under water and was being dragged under by my leg rope. Then it kicked me off and I punched it a couple of times. Then my leg rope break and I was just swimming. I was yelling at Julian [Wilson] to get away but he was coming towards me to help. What a legend. Then I was just readying myself for it to come at me again so I turned around, hoping I could at least see it coming. And then before I knew it the boat was there and I was safe.”