Mick Fanning on fears, friends and karaoke.
Full name: MICHAEL EUGENE FANNING Nicknames and origins? EUGENE OR MCMUFFIN – THEY BOTH CAME FROM MATES. Residence? SOUTHERN GOLD COAST, QLD. Three words to describe yourself. RELAXED, HAPPY, INSPIRED. Biggest lesson you’ve learnt in the past three years? TO JUST LIVE LIFE AND GO WITH THE FLOW. Craziest wave ever surfed? MY SECRET RIGHT. Surfing as an Olympic sport – for or against? FOR!! WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO GO TO THE OLYMPICS? GREATEST SPORTING EVENT ON EARTH. Two years on from Jbay - does the place still spook you? A LITTLE BIT, I JUST FOCUS ON THE WAVES. IT’S SUCH AN INCREDIBLE PLACE, I JUST REALLY LOVE THE PLACE. If I wasn’t a surfer I’d be… A SOCCER PLAYER OR DOCTOR BUT PROBABLY A HACK AT BOTH. Why compete and not just be a free surfer? BECAUSE I WAS WAY TOO COMPETITIVE GROWING UP. Worst joke you’ve ever heard? KNOCK KNOCK, WHO’S THERE? WHO CARES! Biggest fear in life? SNAKES AND INJURIES. Guilty pleasure? CHOCOLATE. Three things you love about living in Australia? CLEANLINESS, FOOD AND EASY TRAVELLING. Favourite tipple after a surf? BALTER XPA, OF COURSE! Best advice your mum’s ever given you? NEVER GIVE UP. At school I was… SELECTIVE ON ATTENDANCE. The most extravagant thing I’ve purchased in the past six months is… A MOPED. Favourite band? QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. Best gig you’ve ever been to? THE LUMINEERS IN DUBLIN OR BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. Last film you saw at the cinema? WHY HIM? Go-to karaoke song? ‘HELLO’ BY ADELE. Go-to hangover cure? COUCH TIME. Aussie men are... FUNNY! Last book you read? SATAN BY TIM HAWKINS. Who would play you in a film? MR INCREDIBLE’S SON. Chris Hemsworth’s a decent surfer – ever considered a career in acting? HA, NOT AT ALL – IT WOULD BE A HORRIBLE THING TO WATCH. Describe Kelly Slater in three words? COMPETITIVE, PHENOMENAL AND THOUGHTFUL. What’s better – an OA or having a spider named after you? VERY HONOURED ON BOTH. Does the saying ‘what goes on tour stays on tour’ still blanket the pro surf league? EVERYONE HAS INSTAGRAM THESE DAYS – NOTHING IS SACRED! Getting pitted on an absolute drainer is better than decent sex. True or false? A TUBE MAY LAST LONGER! Have you ever surfed in budgie smugglers? ONCE, AS A KID. Wavepools are the... NEW SURF TRIP.
WITH MICK FANNING BACK IN SOUTH AFRICAN WAT E R S T WO Y E A R S A F T E R H I S A LT E R C AT I O N WI T H A S H A R K , T H E T H R E E - T I ME WORLD C H A MPI O N , O R D E R O F AU S T R A L I A R E C I P I E N T ( A N D B E E R C O MPANY O WNER) OPENS UP ABOUT FEAR, THE O LYMPI C S A N D A F O N D N E S S FOR ADELE.