Fan­ning over shark scare

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

SURF­ING star Mick Fan­ning has con­firmed he will re­join the world tour, just a week af­ter his amaz­ing es­cape from the jaws of a great white shark.

Two days af­ter he posted pics of his first surf since cheat­ing death at the J- Bay Open in South Africa, the three- time world cham­pion was back in the wa­ter again yesterday carv­ing up some small swell at his home break of Snap­per Rocks.

And be­fit­ting the new- found rock- star sta­tus that has fol­lowed the Cooly Kid since in­cred­i­ble footage of his stoush with a white pointer went global, he did it in style, ar­riv­ing and leav­ing Snap­per on board a pri­vate char­ter boat thanks to his mates at Mad Hueys.

Lads from the cult Gold Coast out­fit picked Fan­ning up from the ocean in front of his beach­front Bilinga man­sion and dropped him be­hind the break­ers at Snap­per.

He looked re­laxed in the wa­ter, even with gi­ant balls of bait­fish – which at­tract sharks – in the area.

Af­ter about 40 min­utes, he hitched a ride home on the same boat.

Late yesterday he posted on so­cial media con­firm­ing that he would con­test the next leg of the World Surf League in Tahiti.

“Can’t wait for Chopes!” he wrote on Twit­ter.

He has re­port­edly agreed to ap­pear on 60 Min­utes this week­end.

BACK IN THE WA­TER: Surfer Mick Fan­ning is seen surf­ing at his home break at Snap­per Rocks on the Gold Coast yesterday.y He posted an In­sta­gramg photo ( left t) be­fore hit­ting the wa­ter. Fan­ningg was pur­sued by a shark ( above e) in South Africa last week.

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