Novice surfer masters a pro move: Punching a shark to escape

Avoca beach will remain closed for most of tomorrow as a result of the attack

Mick Fanning, a three-time surfing world champion, is uninjured.

As of November 1, there have been 18 shark attacks in Australia in 2017, with only one fatality, according to the Australian Shark Attack File. Fry, a novice surfer, mastered a pro's move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws. "I'll get to tell the story for the rest of my life".

So when it happened, I was, like: Just do what Mick did.

The 25-year-old man, Charlie Fry, was surfing with friends when the shark leapt out of the water and tried to attack the man.

Avoca Beach and North Avoca have been closed for 24 hours.

"Me and my friends have just started surfing, and we saw the YouTube clip of Mick Fanning saying he punched (a shark) in the nose".

"The shark came from my right hand side, it just went for my shoulder, got a big thud, and then I turned to the right and I saw a shark's head come out of the water with its teeth and I just punched it in the face", Fry, who has been living in Australia for two months and working as an emergency department doctor as a hospital, told Australia's Nine News.

Dr Fry said he managed to scramble back on my board, shout at my friends and luckily a wave came, so I just sort of surfed the wave in.

"I didn't feel the teeth going in, it felt like I was smacked, it felt like a hand, a hand grabbing me, shaking me", Dr Fry said.

I didn't really notice it at the time... all I'm thinking was: 'I'm about to die.

A man has been injured while surfing at Avoca Beach today after being hit by what he described as a 2m shark, NSW Police say. It was very, very hectic.

Mr Fry was driven to a nearby hospital by his companions instead.

Fry said he could not return to the ocean for a week due to his injuries, but "after then, I'll be racing to get back in". Fleeing often can entice a shark.

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