Surfer punches shark ‘in the face’ after learning move online
CANBERRA, Australia — A novice surfer mastered a pro’s move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.
The attack yesterday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm.
A British doctor who arrived in Australia two months ago to work, Fry said he had recently watched a YouTube video in which Australian professional surfer Mick Fanning described his famous escape from a great white shark in 2015.
“So when it happened, I was like: ‘Just do what Mick did. Just punch it in the nose,’” Fry told Australian TV. “So Mick, if you’re watching or listening, I owe you a beer. Thank you very much.”
Fry was surfing with three doctor friends when he was attacked off Avoca Beach, 60 miles north of Sydney.
“I was out surfing and I got this massive thud on my right-hand side; it completely blindsided me,” Fry said. “I thought it was a friend goofing around. I turned and I saw this shark come out of the water and breach its head. So I just punched it in the face with my left hand and then managed to scramble back on my board, shout at me friends and luckily a wave came, so I just sort of surfed the wave in.”