Surfer punches shark ‘in the face’ af­ter learn­ing move on­line

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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.”

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