An Australian surfer has punched a shark which attacked him off the north coast of New South Wales, police say. Craig Ison, 52, suffered serious leg and arm injuries during the attack off Evans Head early on Friday. “We were just paddling out this morning and Craig was 20 meters ahead of me,” said Geoff Hill, a friend of Mr Ison. “But it grabbed him as he turned around,” he said, saying Mr Ison was pulled under the water. “I paddled to him but by then he was on his board and paddling back.” Mr Ison made it back to shore where a passerby applied tourniquet to his leg, said the police statement. He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. Earlier this month, Australian three time world champion surfer Mick Fanning escaped unharmed after punching a shark during a competition in south Africa.