The 42-year-old was surfing with friends at Port Campbell yesterday morning when he was attacked by the shark, the Herald Sun reports.
He felt something brush against him in the water and turned to find the shark latched onto his foot.
Incredibly, he managed to free himself from the shark, with the unknown species leaving just a 7cm gash to the man’s right foot.
It’s not the first time people have been attacked by sharks along the coastline, but according to Life Saving Victoria, it is a rare occurrence.
”There’s plenty of sharks down there but the incidence of shark attack is very rarely reported,” club development general manager Paul Shannon said.
”You always hear the surfer stories that there’s a shark in the water but for this guy, luckily, it’s just a good story to tell the grandkids.”
The man was driven by a friend to Timboon Hospital before being transported to Geelong.
He was all smiles as he was wheeled into Geelong Hospital for surgery to the gash on his right foot.
A Geelong Hospital spokesperson said he was expected to be discharged overnight.