Mick Fanning takes us through the shark incident at the JBay Open:
“I was just sitting there and I felt something grab or get stuck in my leg rope and I instantly just jumped away.
It just kept coming at my board and I was kicking and screaming. I just saw fins, I didn’t see any teeth. I was waiting for the teeth to come at me as I was swimming. I punched it in the back. I’m totally fine, I’ve got nothing wrong with me. There’s a small depression in my board and my leg rope got bitten and I’m totally tripping out.
I was just cruising and waiting for my turn, my opportunity and I knew Julian (Wilson) was down the point. “I was just about to get moving and start paddling again and all of a sudden I had this instinct that something was behind me.
I started getting pulled underwater and then the thing came up and I was on my board and it was right there. I saw the whole thing thrashing around but I was getting dragged under by my leg rope. I felt like it kicked me off but it was still there going and I was still attached to my board. I felt like I punched it a couple of times and then it was dragging me and then my leg rope broke.
I started swimming and screaming and yelling at Jules (Julian Wilson) to move as well, but he was coming at me,” said Fanning. “What a legend, coming after me. I was swimming in and I turned around and I had this thought, what happens if it comes to have another go at me, so I turned around so I could at least see it coming.
Before I knew it the boat was there, the jet skis were there and we were in safely. I just can’t believe it. To walk away from that, I’m just so stoked. I want to let all my family and friends know that I’m okay.”
To watch video footage of the incident, click here
JBay Open Final Results:
2 – Mick Fanning (AUS)
2 – Julian Wilson (AUS)
JBay Open Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.40 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.20
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.13 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 16.26
JBay Open Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 18.00 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 15.67
QF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.53 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.33
QF 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.10 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.23
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.17 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 9.00
JBay Open Round 5 Results:
Heat 1: Kai Otton (AUS) 16.60 def. Nat Young (USA) 11.34
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 18.67 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.83
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.53 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.00
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.90 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.87