Professional surfer Mick Fanning fought off a great white shark attack on live TV on Sunday during the finals of the J-Bay Open of the Men’s Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour in South Africa.

Pro Surfer Fights Off Shark Attack On Live TV

Fanning, a three-time world champion, was in the final round of the J-Bay Open in South Africa when the potential killer emerged from the water behind him.

“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.

Obviously, the surfer was shaken up but he made it out unscathed.

Fellow surfer and competitor Julian Wilson was also shaken up by the incident. Wilson and Fanning were competing against each other in the finals.

“I’m happy that he’s here,” he said.