Surfer Mick Fanning attacked by shark on live television Terrifying footage shows the moment professional surfer, Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark on live television. \'I was waiting for the teeth to come\': The jaw-dropping moment world champion surfer is attacked by a shark during a competition - only for him to survive after he PUNCHED it in the back Australian surfing legend Mick Fanning fights off shark during competition Footage shows the massive killer\'s fin emerge from water behind Fanning Fanning was knocked off the board in the attack and fought for his life \'I was waiting for the teeth to come... I punched him on the back, he said The amazing moment surfing legend Mick Fanning fought off a shark during a competition has been captured on camera. 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. Footage shows the massive shark’s fin emerge from the water before lunging at Fanning, who begins to fight for his life as it stalks him.