Surfing Competition Gets Cancelled After Surfer Attacked By Shark

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Source: World Surf League

During a surfing competition in South Africa, surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark and amazingly escaped unharmed. The attack was caught live on camera, displaying just how scary and how bad things could have been.

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Because of the encounter, organizers stopped the competition, one of the stops as part of the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League Championship Tour.

Source: World Surf League

Thanks to the Water Safety Team and their speedy reaction, Fanning was safely pulled out of the water and into their boat. Also retrieved from the water was fellow competitor, Julian Wilson.

Source: World Surf League

We are incredibly grateful that no one was seriously injured today. Micks composure and quick acting in the face of a terrifying situation was nothing short of heroic and the rapid response of our water safety personnel was commendable, World Surf League commissioner Kieren Perrow said in a statement.

In the video, it shows Fanning being approached by at least one large shark from behind, startling the surfer. He started quickly kicking and screaming and told World Surf League TV, he punched the shark in the back to get free. Amazingly the surfer was unharmed.

The two competitors, not able to finish the competition have decided to take an equal second in rankings points. They also plan to split the main prize.

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