Australian pro surfer Julian Wilson is being praised for his bravery after paddling towards a great white shark as it attacked his competitor and former world champ Mick Fanning on Sunday.
The incident played out on live TV as Wilson competed against Fanning at the J-Bay Open, a professional surfing event in South Africa.
Wilson, who planned to stab the shark, sprang into action as his fellow countryman was being attacked.
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"I was like, 'I've got a board, if I can get there I can stab it or whatever. I've got a weapon," Wilson said in an interview with the World Surf League.
The two were unharmed and brought to safety by crew.