Can you think of a single surfer more universally beloved than Mick Fanning? Go ahead, I'll wait. Nothing? I figured as much. The reason you're drawing a total blank is because Fanning did it right. He surfed his way to three world titles, he kept his chin up through unbearable personal hardship, at some point he punched a shark and then won a contest in that same shark's backyard, and he gave a classy farewell to competition by stepping aside and letting the next generation get to work, even though he could have easily jousted for titles for years longer. So it's only fitting that Fanning has been living it up in his post-Tour phase. What's he been up to, you ask? Hear it from the horse's mouth below.
It doesn't matter how you beach, as long as you beach freely!
We believe in inspiring all who step on the sand to experience the beach on their terms and take that spirit of the beach with them when they leave. To bring that to life in a really meaningful way, we took to the beaches in Miami and Los Angeles to capture real people experiencing the beach in a real way. We wanted to get an authentic cross section of the types of people and places that delivered on our message of inclusivity, freedom and fun.
Your favorite quote you live by?
“I do mind how I do mine.”
Tell us what’s been motivating you the most as of lately?
Lately I’ve been motivated by my friends that love to surf more than anything. They’ll make any board, fins, trunks or waves work, it makes me appreciate my job and equipment 10 times more.
Did you invest into bitcoin?
Any pre-competition rituals?
Copy Michael Peterson.
First thing you do in the morning?
Hit it if can.
Who helps to push you the most?
Cheeseburger (Keoni Nozaki) and my sister Coco Ho.
Favorite place to be (i.e. water, room, families house, beach). Why?
A surf spot with nobody out or just a friend, because I completely lose myself having fun.
WHAT IS ALS?
This short film shares the life of Reef Ambassador Mikala Jones and family and the journey and story of his courageous Mother Violet Jones- Medusky, the effects ALS has on people diagnosed as well as family, friends, and caretakers. ALS Ohana of Hawaii raises money to help those with ‘Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).
FOR EACH REEF EXPERIENCE T-SHIRT MADE in HO17’, REEF HAS DONATED $1 to the ALS Ohana of Hawaii. Made possible with the latest efforts of WeHeart in partnership with Mikala Jones.
Learn more and how you can support and donate, go to: http://www.alsohana.org/donate/