JOHANNESBURG (WISH) – Less than a week after he was attacked by a shark on live TV, pro-surfer Mick Fanning was back in the water.
Over the weekend, Fanning posted a photo to his Instagram page saying, in part, “First surf back. Feels so good.”
Just days before, Fanning was competing in the JBay Open in Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa when a shark’s fins appeared on camera and he disappeared underwater.
Fanning swam to safety before crews pulled him out. He was unharmed, but visibly shaken. He posted a photo of himself hugging one of the people who came to his aid.
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.
You can watch video from the competition below: