Posted: 3 August, 2015
Mick is preparing to get back into the water and back to competitions, here's how he's travelling.
It's only a couple of weeks old but it's still fresh in our memories, one of the most incredible things to happen on live television, the J-Bay shark attack on Mick Fanning.
On The Grill Team we were able to catch up with 3 time ASP World Champion about that attack, his return to surfing and everything in between.
"I watched the 60 minutes interview last night with Peter Stefanovic mate is that shark following you around?" joked Matty.
"I don't know must be [laughs]... it was a bit of a spin out to look back and see a little fin, I don't know if it was a shark or a dolphin but it looked like a shark," explained Fanning.
"Mick... if there was another contest next week at J-Bay would you be able to paddle out there?" asked Matty.
"Yeah I don't know, I've sort of thought about that... I guess I would have to be there and make the decision when I'm there," said Fanning.
"I want to go back to J-Bay, it's such a beautiful place and such an amazing wave... I don't want to give up on the joint."
Listen to the full interview with Mick Fanning where he tells the boys about his preparations for getting back in the water, seeking help and the pranks he used to pull on his surfing buddies.
Coming Face To Face With A Shark
Mick said that he "didn't really give myself much hope" as he turned to face the shark. However, as we all know, he did escape unscathed with almost no marks to show from the incident.
"Can you remember what was going through your mind when you were knocked off your board and you were paddling to the jetski? Because you were in to the for about 20 seconds, it must've felt like 20 minutes..." asked Matty.
"Once I got separated from my board I thought 'I've got to start heading in now' and as I was swimming away I was like 'actually this thing can just come from behind and just take me whole if I'm not looking'. That's why I just turned around," said Fanning.
It wasn't until he was back on land, seeing his mates, after the adrenaline wore off that Mick really broke down from the whole ordeal.
Now Mick is looking towards the next step. He's been slowly getting back into the water and mentally preparing for the next competition.
And to prove just what an Aussie legend he is, he recently gave his entire 60 Minutes appearance fee to Matt Lee, a body boarder who was mauled by a shark near Ballina last month.
Mick Fanning has had a dramatic close encounter with a shark in the final of the J-Bay Open in South Africa.