Watch: Australian surfer fights off shark during competition

In this image made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping. Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open but escaped without injuries. (W orld Surf League via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT FOR ALL ONLINE USE PLEASE INCLUDE A LINK TO WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, a surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping.

Australian surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark on Sunday during the JBay Open in Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape Province but escaped without injuries.

On a video on the World Surf League’s website, Fanning is seen knocked off his surfboard. As he scans the water, two fins appear and he disappears under the surface. He is next seen furiously trying to swim to safety before a rescuer pulls him out of the water.

Back on land and shaking his head in disbelief, Fanning told spectators that he punched the shark.

The World Surf League cancelled the remainder of the event.

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