Australian surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark while competing in the J-Bay Open in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa on July 19, 2015. The contest had just entered its final round and was streaming live online when the shark crept up alongside the three-time world champion and tossed him from his board. Fans, fellow surfers and Fanning's mother all watched in horror, seemingly helpless, as the defending champ struggled frantically to fight off the animal.
"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," Fanning told Fox Sports. "I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth."
Fanning managed to land a punch squarely on the shark's back, allowing him enough time to climb aboard a jet ski that had sped out into the water to transport him to safety. Miraculously, Fanning escaped without a scratch; but back on land, he told reporters that the incident may have scared him away from surfing ever again.