In one of the most remarkable and unimaginable sporting moments in history, 3X World Champion Mick Fanning was attacked by a Great White Shark in The JBay Open final. Fanning was waiting up the point for a wave after Julian Wilson took the first wave of the heat, Fanning felt something behind him to look back and see what can only be described as a “huge” fin! Mick’s killer instincts kicked in, he tried to place his Surfboard between him and the shark, as the shark approached him it appeared to get caught in his leash, then thrusting about pulling Fanning under and separated from his equipment. Water patrol were fast on the seen as Mick was left alone for 10 -15 seconds of terror swimming for the beach, fellow Aussie and competitor Julian Wilson also paddling to Micks safety.
Mick in a miracle walked away without a scratch, a life and death situation and a great man was saved.
Earlier today, Mick released his first statement in the aftermath of the attack on Instagram. It was coupled with a black and white photo of his and Jules embrace. It read, “So thankful to be able to have this hug with Julian Wilson. This man came to my aid like a warrior!! It was by far the scariest thing I have ever been through and am still rattled. In our sport we always think about sharks and know we are in their domain. Many thanks to all the people that have reached out and sent their wishes. J-bay is an incredible place and I will go back one day. Thanks to the WSL announcers and water patrol for being on top of us. And thanks for the care they showed us and to all my friends on tour that were by my side. Love you all.”