Surfer Attacked On Live TV During Contest By Shark

It kinda looks like the shark was either just cruising by and get wrapped in the leash, due to the way it started thrashing about. Or, maybe, was just taking a little gnaw on the leash. Either way, or, if was meaning to attack, that’s scary as hell, and, from experience, if you see a shark fin in the water while you’re in the water, even if not close to you, adrenaline rush, and not in a good way. Via Grind TV

The encounter occurred two minutes into the final of the Jeffreys Bay Open. Water safety personnel on Jet Skies rushed in and picked Fanning and fellow finalist Julian Wilson.

Fanning, 34, from Australia, said later during a World Surf Tour broadcast: “I had this instinct that something was behind me. Then, the thing came up. I saw the whole thing just thrashing around. I was getting dragged under by my leg rope. I felt like I punched it a couple of times….

“My leg rope broke. I started just swimming and swimming. I was screaming,” he said.


Removed the Instagram link, making things wonky, added video.

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