Holy Hell and Praise the Lord – Pro Surfer Mick Fanning Attacked by a Great White Shark at During the JBay Open at Jeffreys Bay
by Chris Dixon
This afternoon, right after I turned on my computer for the opening whistle of the fricking finals of the J-Bay Open, something happened that has never happened at a World Championship Tour surf event – as least as near as I can tell. Australian pro surfer Mick Fanning was out sitting in the water on his board, when he was hit by a great white shark. It appears that the shark might have become entangled in Mick’s leash and then began wildly thrashing. But who really knows? Maybe it actually wanted to eat the wily Aussie. JBay is a sharky as hell place, and there have been plenty of recorded incidents, since Koffie Jacobs got bumped at there on July 7, 1989 – the first recorded Jeffreys Bay attack on a surfer.
In the end, after throwing a few punches and kicks, thinking very clearly in a heavy as hell situation, and an incredibly fast response by the rescue crew, Mick was, miraculously unscathed. The contest has been called off, and Fanning and Julian Wilson will both be awarded second place, and will split top points and prize money.
Below is replay of the attack as it happened. Something Fanning will surely replay in his mind for the rest of his life.
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