Three-time ASP world champ Mick Fanning has probably had thousands of surfboards in his lifetime, but with his latest shipment he's now got a great story to go along with them. Fanning, coming off a relatively poor performance at the second stop of the 2014 ASP World Tour, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, went back home to Australia's Gold Coast to regroup and gather supplies for the next event, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. Upon his return, Fanning picked up a fresh batch of five brand-new Matt Biolos–shaped Mayhem surfboards. In an Instagram post, Fanning says, "So stoked to get home to a fresh batch of @mayhemb3_mattbiolos brought back direct from the USA by @tonyc7 … "
It's no surprise to see pro surfers posting thank-you's to shapers for providing boards, but here's where it gets interesting. The rest of the post states, " … only problem was U was so psyched to get home I forgot to close the tray on my truck and one fell out! If you find it please return it to me, I'd be most appreciative." Fanning ended his post with "#kookoftheday," obviously embarrassed about his mistake.
At first you might be thinking "Finder's keepers" or "Big deal—pro surfer loses one of his million surfboards." Well, that is sort of true, unless you think of it like any other occupation requiring tools. Surfboards are the tools of the trade for top pros. If a construction worker lost a tool or two out of the back of his truck, you'd return them if you found ’em, right? Thankfully for Fanning, that's exactly what happened a few hours later when good surfboard Samaritan Jade Andrews posted on her own personal Instagram, "Mick Fanning we found your board :) contact me [email omitted]."
Turns out Andrews was driving somewhere behind Fanning on the freeway that day and narrowly missed running over the brand-new Mayhem surfboard, which had survived being thrown from Fanning's vehicle with just a broken nose and a few dings—nothing a good ding repairman can't fix.
The first moral of the story here? Always secure your load, especially when your load is a batch of insane new surfboards. The second? If you do find a board, do your best to return it to its rightful owner. Who knows how much good surf karma you'll get in return?
For more Mick Fanning, follow him on Instagram @mfanno. And why not send some virtual cheers to Andrews, whose honesty and good driving skills saved Fanning's day and surfboard: @ja_dey. Oh, and last thing: Mick Fanning rides for DHD Surfboards and is just trying a few Mayhem boards for a good time, just in case you were wondering.
For another story about a wild and crazy surfboard return, check out this episode of Off The Wall TV's "Classic Tales" and listen to Joel Tudor's lost-and-found surfboard story.
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