Two sharks (let's just call them Bruce 1 and Bruce 2 for funsies) decided to go and ruin everything by getting wayyyyy too freakin' close to Fanning. So he punched them to escape. As a result, the competition -- part of the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League Championship Tour -- was understandably canceled.
The J-Bay Open uploaded a Vine of the incident to Twitter.
Here's a video of Fanning telling Fox Sports Australia about how he got away.
"I was just sitting there. I was just about to just start moving, and then I felt something grab, like got stuck in my leg rope, and I instantly just jumped away," he said. "And then it just kept coming at my board, and I just was kicking and screaming. Wow... I just saw fins. I didn't see the teeth. I was waiting for the teeth to come at me as I was swimming."
When the reporter asks if he got "couple punches in," Fanning smiles. "I punched it in the back, yeah!"
Thankfully, Fanning managed to come away from the attack unharmed. His friend and fellow surfer Julian Wilson was reportedly in the water with him as well. He also managed to escape uninjured.
After the trauma, Wilson shared what went through his mind during the perilous encounter. Mainly, he's thankful his friend survived unscathed.
Fanning also shared his experience. He best describes it as "tripping out," which is more than understandable.
Fans of Fanning, and just surfing in general, are extremely relieved no one was harmed today. Bruce 1 and Bruce 2 seemed like they just wanted to investigate the surfer, or at least his board, since surfers laying facedown on surfboards tend to look like seals to sharks.
If you'd like to watch the entire attack and rescue, here's the full-length video.
We're all so glad Fanning and everyone else at the competition are OK. A word to the wise, please be extra careful when swimming or surfing in open water!