A jaw dropping moment of a surfer who was ATTACKED by a shark!

This is the amazing moment a world champion surfer stopped a shark from attacking him by punching the beast in the back.

Shark attacks Mick Fanning at J-Bay Open
Shark attacks Mick Fanning at J-Bay Open

Surfing legend Mick Fanning fought off the great white during the final round of the J-Bay Open in South Africa. The 34-year-old described the moment he realised the shark was behind him as terrifying, saying: 'I was waiting for the teeth to come at me.'

This is the horrifying moment a professional surfer had to fight off a shark while competing in the J-Bay Open.

Mick Fanning was taking part in the South Africa event when the shark struck him off his surf board today.

Footage released by the World Surf League (WSL) shows the shark’s fin emerge from the water before following Fanning as he paddled out of the shallows.

The three-time world champion, who was competing against fellow Australian Julian Wilson in the final, can be seen being knocked off his board before he attempts to use it as a shield to stop the shark biting him.

The Australian, 34, managed to fight off the predator, hitting it on its back before it swam off, leaving him shaken as he waited for a support boat to return him safely to shore.

He said: "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.

"I just saw fins.

"I was waiting for the teeth."

The surfer said he managed to get a punch into its back before making his escape.

He added: "I instantly just jumped and he kept coming at my board. I was just kicking and screaming.

“I punched him in the back!”

Incredibly, the whole incident was filmed and broadcast live on TV.

When asked if he would compete in the rest of the competition, Fanning said: "Mate, I’m happy to not even compete again.

"To walk away from that, I’m just so stoked."

Following the incident, the J-Bay Open has been called off for the rest of the day.

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