Mick Fanning, 34, also known as 'White Lightening', arrived back home to Sydney, Australia yesterday after being his near death experience. As he arrived Fanning thanked well-wishes that greeted him at the airport.
The three-time world champion believed that this surf in the J-Bay Open 2015 would be just like any other surf, however it turned out to be the scariest surf of his life. He was 2 minutes into the finals at Jefferys Bay, South Africa, in the water with fellow Australian, Julian Wilson, when what is suspected be a 4-meter great white shark attacked Fanning from behind.
Dramatic live vision that was broad casted across the world, including into Fanning's mothers living room, showed the horrifying vision when the great white shark made it lung from behind. "I was on top of it, trying to put my board in between us," Fanning said. Due to pure luck, the surfer's leg rope broke as the shark dragged his board under and managed to swim to the closest jet ski that had quickly left the shores to rescue Flanning.
An incredible sight at the end of the footage showed a determined Julian Wilson madly paddling over to his fellow competitor. The 26 year old told the media on Tuesday, "I honestly froze and ... I was kind of freaking out," before he make the split second decision to paddle over and try to help Fanning. In return, Wilson has now been nominated by the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for a bravery award as well as a very grateful Mick Fanning as a friend.
Wilson's reaction to Fanning's comment: 'You're my hero mate'.