‘I was waiting for the teeth’: Pro-surfer fights off shark during jaw-dropping televised competition

A professional surfer found himself faced with every beachgoer’s worst nightmare – a shark attack.

The attack occurred as Australian surfer Mick Fanning was surfing at the J-Bay Open, on Jeffreys Bay in South Africa Sunday, and it was caught on video.

As announcers were talking about Fanning, a shark can be seen approaching the surfer.

“Holy Sh*t,” an announcer shouted as Fanning disappeared underwater.

He was quickly rescued by an official on a jet ski and brought to a rescue boat.

Fanning said in an interview after the incident that he was anticipating the shark biting him.

“I was just sitting there, I was just about to like, just start moving, and then I felt something grab, like got stuck in my leg rope. I instantly just jumped away, and then it just kept coming at my board. I was kicking and screaming.

“I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth to come at me,” he said. “I punched it in the back.”


Carmine Sabia Jr started his own professional wrestling business at age 18 and went on to become a real estate investor. Currently he is a pundit who covers political news and current events.
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