Fin farce robs Fanning of first

20 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Internet adds humour to Mick Fanning shark attack.

If winning three world surfing titles wasn’t enough for Mick Fanning, he built his own legend a little more on Sunday when he fought off a shark attack in the middle of a competition in South Africa.

Fanning was understandably shaken after the incident. “All of [a] sudden, I just had this instinct that something was behind me,” Fanning told the World Surf League website. “And then all of the sudden, I felt like I started getting pulled under water. It’s not something you believe would ever happen, and to see it unfold on live [television] is incredibly scary for everyone.” Fanning is one of the greats of modern surfing. Fanning himself is known as a modest and understated competitors, who has overcome serious obstacles to reach the peak of his sport: he has dealt with serious injuries, while his brother was killed in a car accident with another surfer, Joel Green.

There was an initial outpouring of sympathy and shock on social media after the Fanning tangled with the animal during the final of the ASP world tour event at Jeffreys Bay. But this soon evolved into a mixture of pride, punning, photoshopping after Fanning and his fans and his poor mother had recovered sufficiently from an incident – broadcast live – that could have ended very differently. Others were quick to point out Fanning’s other qualities amid a growing sense of relief that the former champion from Tweed Heads, New South Wales, had survived unscathed.

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