Fanning attacked by shark

Fanning and Julian Wilson were a few minutes into the event final when the Australian was caught from behind by the shark – live on world television. Incredibly, Fanning avoided serious injury.

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Speaking after the incident, Fanning was – not surprisingly – in shock at what had transpired.

“I was just sitting there and I felt something grab or get stuck in my leg rope and I instantly just jumped away,” he explained.

“It just kept coming at my board and I was kicking and screaming.

“I just saw fins, I didn’t see any teeth. I was waiting for the teeth to come at me as I was swimming.

“I punched it in the back. I’m totally fine, I’ve got nothing wrong with me.

“There’s a small depression in my board and my leg rope got bitten and I’m totally tripping out.”

He added: “I was swimming in and I had this thought, ‘What if it comes for another go at me,’ so I turned around, so I could at least see it, and before I knew it the boat was there, the jetskis were there.

“I just can’t believe it.”

An emotional Wilson gave this account of the attack

Thankfully, the scoreboard at the end of the day read Jaws 0, Fanning 1.