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Sheer Heart Attack! "KOTCHI~ MIRO~! " Sheer heart attack. Jakuten wainai.
  • Sheer Heart Attack! "KOTCHI~ MIRO~! " Sheer heart attack. Jakuten wainai.
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“Sheer Heart Attack!” “Kotchi Miro!” (Look over here!) “Sheer Heart Attack… jakuten wa nai!” (it has no weakness!)
- Yoshikage Kira using his super-move Sheer Heart Attack, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle (CyberConnect2)

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I’m sure all of you have heard about today’s story, but still, I insist of telling it once again.

Today, 19th of July 2015, 3x World Surfing Champion Mick Fanning was attacked by a Great White shark during the final of the J-Bay Open in South Africa. He’s OK, the shark only bit his leash. 

Fanning fought the shark by punching it, then he got rid of his board and swam away from it. Fellow competitor and countryman, Julian Wilson, swam as fast as he could to try to help Mick. Hats off to him for his amazing bravery act that I’m sure most people wouldn’t be courageous to do.

The water patrol rescued Fanning and Wilson and cleared the line up deeming the ocean as “unsaved”.

Many believe, including myself, the shark didn’t want to attack Fanning in particular. If it wanted, it would have done it in a second. But still, I cannot even imagine the thoughts of the people he loved going through their minds at that time, including Mick’s.

Times like these make you reflect on so many things. How it all can end in a second. Mick said “I don’t even mind competing ever again, I’m just glad I’m alive”. The competitors split the prize.

Today was tough and no one knows what tomorrow will bring, but for now, let us regroup. Mick, Julian and the water patrol, you’re all heroes and your actions will never be forgotten. 

Photos by WSL | Video of the attack | Mick, Julian and Kelly speak about the attack