NO FEAR: Australian surfer Mick Fanning in action.
NO FEAR: Australian surfer Mick Fanning in action. JOSE SENA GOULAO

Fanning to return to scene of shark incident

SURFING: Australian Mick Fanning has said he was never going to miss this weekend’s World Surf League event at Jeffreys Bay, where he was famously stalked by a shark 12 months ago.

The 35-year-old admits his “first surf is going to be a bit tricky just getting that through my head”.

“But I’ve surfed lots of different places and I’ve seen sharks out in the water since then and I didn’t feel too concerned. I just see them and get out of the water.”

Fanning has won at Jeffreys Bay three times, though last year’s event was cancelled after he was bumped off his board by the shark during his semi-final heat with countryman Julian Wilson.

Event organisers will deploy additional sonar technology devices, shark-spotting boats, jet skis and drones, and have also banned photographers from swimming during this year’s event.


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