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VIDEO: Pro surfer survives shark attack


(CNN) -- A championship surfer had some heart-stopping moments Sunday when he fought off a shark attack during a competition in South Africa. And it was all captured on live TV.

A professional surfer found himself competing for more than just points Sunday. Australian Mick Fanning had to fend off not one, but two sharks at South Africa's J-Bay Open competition. Dramatic video shows the sharks circling the 3-time World Surf League Champion, then violently shoving him off his board.

Fanning was able to swim to a rescue jet ski and was hoisted into a boat to safety--unhurt, but clearly shaken

"I was just sitting there and i felt something just start moving, I felt something grab, like get stuck in my leg rope and I instantly just jumped away and it just kept coming at my board and I just kept kicking and screaming," Fanning said.

Back on land, fellow surfers watched in disbelief.

"I saw all the boats and skis go straight to the lineup. And I thought there's only one possible reason that would ever happen in a contest is if somebody got whacked by a shark," said World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater.

Organizer's of the event - the 6th stop on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League Championship tour - canceled the rest of the competition

"Even 30 minutes later that shark was spotted again just further down the lineup a little. It's not safe to send them back out," said World Surf League Commissioner Kieren Perrow.

Fanning and competitor Julian Wilson both agreed to accept 2nd place in the final - splitting the points and the prize money, but Fanning left with more than that - he has his life and an amazing story.

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