Australian surfer Mick Fanning had to be taken out of the water in the middle of contesting his J-Bay Open quarter-final against Gabriel Medina on Wednesday after yet another close call with a shark.
Fanning, who was attacked two years ago in the final of the same event, was subsequently beaten by Brazil’s Medina as his title defence failed.
Footage of that crazy moment is here, but be warned about expletives from the shocked commentators at the time:
But it was his latest close encounter with a shark – in this case, a three-metre great white – which made the headlines around the world.
“That is huge,” Fanning said when he was shown footage of the incident later in the day.
“Look at that thing, that thing is a beast, at least they saw this one. I am glad they got us out of the water.”
“Those things are just submarines, however long they are, the roundness of them as well … they are big, big beasts.”
Fanning, a three-time world champion, insisted he still feels safe competing at the event despite his series of scary moments.
“People at home, I’m sorry to put you through it,” he said.
“I don’t try to put myself in danger anymore. I think I’ve been in that situation a few too many times. But I feel really safe.”
His attitude his quite remarkable given all he’s been through.