Talk about a horrifying live television moment.

From Fox News:

Australian Mick Fanning was competing Sunday in the finals of South Africa’s J-Bay Open when a familiar-looking fin popped up behind him.

“I was just sitting there, I was just about to start moving and then I felt something grab…get stuck in my leg rope,” the 34-year-old Fanning told FoxSports. “I instantly just jumped and he kept coming at my board. I was just kicking and screaming.

“I saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth. I punched him in the back!” 

As you might imagine, Mick was ready to call it a day after that...

The J-Bay Open ended in a cancellation with Fanning and his finals opponent, Julian Wilson, splitting the points and prize money.

“We are incredibly grateful that no one was seriously injured today,” a statement from the WSL began. “Mick’s composure and quick acting in the face of a terrifying situation was nothing short of heroic and the rapid response of our Water Safety personnel was commendable – they are truly world class at what they do.” 

Here's how it all looked on live television (some language may be NSFW):

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