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Footage captures moment pro-surfer attacked by shark

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Video taken live at a South African surfing tournament shows the moment an Australian pro-surfer got attacked by a shark.

Mick Fanning, who has multiple surfing awards under his belt, was taking part at the J-Bay Open in South Africa when the predator struck.

“I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth,” Fanning told Fox Sports after the incident.

After a brief struggle, the pro-surfer said he was able to “get a punch into its back” and startle it.

Shortly afterwards, teams on jetskis and boats came to his rescue and helped him back to shore.

The 34-year-old’s terrifying experience seemed to have a profound effect.

“I’m happy to not even compete ever again,” Fanning told a reporter. “I just want to let all my family and friends know, I'm okay,” he said. “I'm just tripping out.”

Organizers have not yet decided when the final will resume, though it will be Monday at the earliest.

South Africa’s waters are among the most shark-infested in the world. A swimmer was killed by close to Jeffrey’s Bay – where the attack occurred - in 2013.