Maybe you follow surfing, maybe you don’t. Michael “Mick” Fanning, nicknamed White Lightning, is an Australian pro surfer. He won the 2007, 2009 and 2013 ASP World Tour.
He was competing in the J-Bay Open at Jeffreys Bay – which is one of the five most famous surfing destinations in the world – when the unthinkable (upon further review, very thinkable) happened. A shark attacked him.
Police Chief Brody, from Amity Island in New England, was enjoying his vacation at the time. Witnesses say they heard Chief Brody shouting “You’re gonna need a bigger surfboard!!” when he saw the shark fin emerge.
Here’s the live footage and follow up…
The WSL issued an official statement following the incident:
“We are incredibly grateful that no one was seriously injured today. Mick’s composure and quick acting in the face of a terrifying situation was nothing short of heroic and the rapid response of our Water Safety personnel was commendable — they are truly world class at what they do.
“The safety of our athletes is a priority for the WSL and, after discussions with both Finalists, we have decided to cancel the remainder of competition at the J-Bay Open. We appreciate the ongoing support we have in South Africa and once again want to express our gratitude to the Water Safety Team.”
For more information on the incident read the full story, see the frightening attack.