Now, a full twenty four hours after Mick Fanning’s horrific encounter with a shark during the final at the 2015 J-Bay Open, he has gathered himself to release this statement, along with the below image, via Instagram. The composure and gratitude shown by Mick, as well as the brotherhood displayed within the surfing community, is truly admirable.
So thankful to be able to have this hug with @julian_wilson this man came to my aid like a warrior!! It was by far the scariest thing I have ever been through and am still rattled. In our sport we always think about sharks and know we are in their domain. Many thanks to all the people that have reached out and sent their wishes. Jbay is an incredible place and I will go back one day. Thanks to the @wsl announcers and water patrol for being on top of us and the care they showed us and to all my friends on tour that were by my side. Love you all.