What a wild and lucky Sunday it was at Jeffrey's Bay in South Africa. Not only the entire surfing world, but also the entire world itself is now well aware of Mick Fanning's fighting off a great white during the final of the JBay Open and coming away physically unscathed.
If not for Fanning's quick instincts to do exactly what he needed to, and the speedy response by the Water Safety team, this would be a much harder story to digest. Easily the most witnessed shark attack in the history of human existence, Mick Fanning is clearly counting his stars today.
The World Surf League, Julian Wilson, and Mick Fanning have all decided that it was best to cancel the contest and split the points and winnings. They've felt it was no longer safe and not worth risking things after the luck they had.
Now let us not scream death to all sharks and go on manhunts. Rather, let us realize that sharks exist in their natural habitats and as surfers we will encounter them from time-to-time. In this humble writer's opinion, I do not believe the shark wanted a taste of Mr. Fanning—if he had he would've taken one and no leash (or much of anything really) would've stopped him.
There's going to be lots about this incredibly strange and incredibly fortunate event for time to come. The World Surf League now has the entire world's attention. Where they decide to go with it could shape the future of surfing as we know it.
Take a watch below of the footage again and get the behind-the-scenes of the moments in the aftermath when Mick and Julian Wilson triumphantly returned to shore.
Kelly Slater, John John Florence, and Kolohe Andino boost massive airs.
It's Surf Week on Network A, so we are bringing you the most amazing surfing videos every day. Today's edit is a collection of some of the world's top pros using waves like ramps and launching huge aerials above the lip. Check out Slater, John John, Andino, Dane Reynolds, Julian Wilson, and more as they experience rare air.
But luckily for his surfing career he has a personal trainer who makes him
As swell drops, Huntington Beach sees mix of upsets and top performances.
Day 4 of the the US Open of Surfing is in the books and it featured lot of top surfers in the water at Huntington Beach. The women's WCT contest kicked off. One of the highlights was Alana Blanchard pulling off a late upset over Tyler Wright. In the men's contest, Julian Wilson pulled off a massive backside air for a near-perfect score of 9.83 out of 10. Michel Bourez was also dominant with his unique brand of power surfing.
Burrow defeats Julian Wilson in one of the best finals on the ASP World Tour this year
It's almost like the board was made for Andino
Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning and other Aussies get thunderstruck in southern California.
Lower Trestles is often referred to as a skatepark for surfers because the mechanics of the wave set up so well for progressive maneuvers. The wave draws surfers from all over the world, but Australians have taken a particular liking to the wave. As part of Network A's Surf Week, check out some of the best surfers from Down Under shred Lowers. Parkinson, Fanning, Taj Burrow, and Julian Wilson are just some of the Aussies that rip this clip.
Despite losing in final, Slater takes overall lead in ASP title chase.
Once Kelly Slater reaches a final, engravers usually start etching his name into the trophy. But Adrian "Ace" Buchan managed to defeat Slater at the Billabong Pro Tahiti with some deep pits that the 11-time ASP WCT champ couldn't match. It wasn't all bad news for Slater. His second place finish at Teahupoo gave him enough points to overtake the lead in the race for the title with four events left to go.