Mick Fan­ning on fears, friends and karaoke.

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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.

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