VIDEO: Surfer Mick Fanning Fights Off Great White Shark During Final of J Bay Open

VIDEO: Surfer Mick Fanning Fights Off Great White Shark During Final of J Bay Open

Now THIS is the definition of a sporting hero.

While competing in the J Bay Open final at Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa – a tournament held for the best surfers in the world – Mick Fanning was attacked by a great white shark.


But despite coming under attack from one of the sea’s deadliest predators, Fanning lived to tell the tale as the competition’s final was called to a halt.

A TV camera was on the Australian star as the attack took place, with the commentator saying “oh, f***” when he realised what exactly was taking place.

Fortunately, Fanning was able to fight off the great white shark before grabbing his board and being rescued by the competition’s lifeboat.

Speaking afterwards, last year’s winner of the J Bay Open said he actually managed to punch the shark’s back as he wrestled his legs away from danger.

You can see the shocking moment as well as all of the aftermath here:

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Competition organisers were forced to suspend the event as a result of two great white sharks being seen close by.

On a lighter note, some fans have been quick to change Fanning’s description on Wikipedia with him now described as a “shark boxer”:

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