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Mick Fanning returns to the J-Bay Open after shark attack

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Mick Fanning: ready to fight shark fear at Jeffreys Bay | Photo: Miller/Red Bull

Mick Fanning confirmed he will travel to South Africa to compete in the J-Bay Open 2016, at Jeffreys Bay.

The Australian surfer was attacked by a shark last year while competing in the final against Julian Wilson. Fanning was surprised by 12-to-15-foot great white shark, fought back, and escaped the lineup uninjured.

The event was called off, but the situation left psychological marks on the three-time winner of the South African contest. Mick Fanning took his time, returned to the water, and announced he was making a pause in competition.

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