The World Surf League (WSL) organized the final of the J-Bay Open at Jeffrey’s Bay, on the Eastern Cape. It is one of the most shark-infested places in the world. A Great White shark killed a surfer close to Jeffrey’s Bay in 2013.
The main competitor, Mick Fanning is a three-time world champion in WSL. Mick jumped into the sea when two sharks approached his surfboard. He escaped injury miraculously and the tournament called off. His presence of mind to “get a punch into its back” and startle it had saved his life.
The live footage later, cut to Fanning and co-competitor Julian Wilson showed their rescue by jet-skis. WSL’s website shows the horrendous incident and the aftermath.