World Surf League 2016 is all set to begin at Jeffery’s Bay on July 6 and will continue until July 17.
Fans have been waiting for the 12-day event for a long time with a question in their mind. Will Mick Fanning join the contest in the league this year?
The answer is yes. Mick Fanning has already reached South Africa to prepare himself for the event. It has been a year when a live broadcast showed him fending off a shark. In the incident, he rolled his ankle. Fans were disheartened to note that Fanning will not be seen again. That is until the surf league in 2016.
“Obviously, I was shattered thinking I wasn’t going to surf, but after seeing the physio, signs started to look positive, and with some rehab and strapping,” Fanning told the WSL. “I’m hoping I’ll be able to paddle out and compete. J-Bay is a very special place to me so I am going to do everything I can to paddle out.”
The reports stated that the surfer went through rehab process until Tuesday and then got back in the water. “Ankle will hopefully hold in for the event, had a surf on it this morning and went better than expected,” Fanning said. “Super excited to go again.”
To watch live, fans can take a trip to Jeffery Bay. J-Bay is located in Kouga, South Africa’s Eastern Cape. It is a right-hand point reef break with the capacity to produce 300-meter freight trains of waves. These wave freight trains consist of three different sections: Boneyards, Supertubes and Impossibles.
The three-time champion of the league has declared that he was “ready to go” for yet another championship even after his adverse experience of battling a shark in 2015. Last year’s incident prompted the WSL to cancel the event’s final round.
Mick Fanning was absent from the pre-event conference at J-Bay on Tuesday. There, WSL Commissioner Kieran Perrow said that seeing last year’s shark attack, the management has increased safety measures for the championship this year. At the press conference, it was revealed that sonar buoys will be there in the water along with improved continuous aerial surveillance accompanied by better communication protocols. “In the last few years, we have seen a lot more (shark) activity globally anyway so it was going to come to a point where we had to address it,” Perrow told the Herald Sun.
“We’re super fortunate at how that played out … it was super lucky and a wake-up call in some ways. We have looked at what we do at a lot of places pull together some stronger plans, especially here and other places in the world that have a higher risk. “We just put some measures in place to make them feel more comfortable in the ocean.”