Anatomy of a surfer
TAKE A PEEK INSIDE THE MINDSET AND MECHANICS OF INFLUENTIAL SURFERS OF OUR TIME...
NAME: MICK FANNING AGE: 36
HEIGHT: 5'11" NATIONALITY: AUSTRALIAN PHYSICAL Mick is deceptively ripped, he looks skinny in photos but in the flesh he’s a big guy, a taut 5’11” and one that is keenly aware of how his body works. He keeps in peak condition by utilising any method that will benefit him. 2 MENTAL
Mick has a mental toughness that makes him a fierce competitor. He’s no stranger to tragedy and keeping a career on track through the deaths of his brothers over the course of his career is hard to comprehend. He also survived a ridiculous season ending injury. Not to mention staring down a ruddy big shark at J-bay and the resultant worldwide media glare.
It’s that tenacity and mental fortitude that saw him not only come back to J-bay in 2016 but to win the damn thing. In the mind games arena there are few who can psyche Mick out. As strong as his character is he is also open minded, an approach that manifests itself in his… 3 TRAINING
Mick was one of the early converts to dedicated training and diet as surfing flipped from ‘all the training I need is to go surfing’ attitude of the last century. The ‘fastest man in surfing’ was renowned for his fierce gym routines and flexibility. After an injury that would’ve finished a lot of careers he toned the strength training down and explored wider possibilities. Along with trainer Nam Baldwin he now leads the tour pro pack in breath training. Being able to hold your breath for five minutes is the preserve of free divers, the elite big wave crew and Mick. He’s also been exploring ice bathing. (Google Nam for more details on his methods). 4 INJURIES
Mick suffered one of the most famous surfing injuries, up there with Tom Carroll’s ‘board to ring’ incident in Japan. He tore his hamstring clean off stuffing up a floater in Indo. Which is as a really hard thing to comprehend. In his words the fix wasn’t much fun: “What they do with it is they slice the back of your arse open and peel it back. Then they drill into your arse bone and put, like, a grappling hook in there. It's so strong the doctor said he was lifting me off the table just with the hook. And then they sew the ligament onto the grappling hook…”