For the first time in the history of competitive surfing, a surfer was attacked by sharks during his run and the gut wrenching incident was caught on live television.
Surfer Mick Fanning was competing at the 2015 J-Bay Open in Jeffreys Bay when out of nowhere two unidentified sharks attack him. “I was just sitting there, and then I felt something grab… stuck in my leg rope. I literally just jumped away and it just kept coming at my board and I was kicking and swimming. I just saw fins. I didn’t see teeth. I was waiting for the teeth to come at me. I punched it in the back!” explained Mick Fanning.
Luckily the water safety team was able to rescues Fanning as well Julian Wilson. The World Surf League has also placed the 2015 J-Bay Open final on hold.