Mick Fanning Releases Heartfelt Message Following Shark Encounter

“J-Bay is an incredible place and I will go back there one day…”

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. Jbay 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 the care they showed us and to all my friends on tour that were by my side. Love you all.

A photo posted by Mick Fanning (@mfanno) on

The first word from Mick Fanning to the world after leaving Jeffrey’s Bay and a hefty South African great white behind him came in the form of the above Instagram message, accompanied by a photo of an embrace with Julian Wilson, his brother in arms. So much love! It’s almost making us well up all over again…


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