Mick Fanning Branded “Badass” After Shark Attack, As Social Media Explodes!

epa04853415 A handout picture made available by the World Surf League of Australia's Mick Fanning being attacked by a shark in the final round of the JBay Open surfing event as part of the World Surf League in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, 19 July 2015. The final round was cancelled after Fanning was being attacked by a shark.  EPA/WORLD SURF LEAGUE  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

The footage from a surfing competition that saw Aussie legend Mick Fanning attacked by a shark has spread through the web like wildfire.

Fanning, thankfully and luckily unhurt from the attack, was one of the final two surfers during the J-Bay Open event held in South Africa. The horrifying footage was captured on live TV.

Fanning said he punched the shark in the back in order to get away, and he and fellow competitor Julian Wilson were soon rescued.

Social media has been quick to declare Fanning a “badass” after punching the shark and miraculously getting out unscathed. Wilson too has been hailed as courageous for paddling towards the shark attack to try and help.

Similarly US sport fan-focused publication Fansided declared Fanning just “became the world’s biggest badass”.

Maybe the surfing competition needs to invest in Optus’ Clever Buoy project from M&C Saatchi, a piece of tech that detects sharks.

Thank God Fanning is okay. Image via SBS.

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