As if this summer of high profile shark attacks couldn’t get any worse, a  professional surfer had an extremely close encounter with two sharks during a competition in South Africa on Sunday — and the entire dramatic ordeal was captured on live TV.

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Thankfully, the three-time World Surf League champion from Australia Mick Fanning was able to fend off the attack and escaped the dramatic confrontation unharmed. Fanning stated in an interview after the encounter that he punched one of the sharks in the back! But the scare led organizers of the J-Bay Open in Eastern Cape to cancel the finals.

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