Sport Mick Fanning gives surfboard away to delighted young fan

19:41  14 march  2018
19:41  14 march  2018 Source:   ABC News

Young fan left 'stoked' and 'speechless' by gift from surfing legend Mick Fanning

  Young fan left 'stoked' and 'speechless' by gift from surfing legend Mick Fanning <p>Mick Fanning's professional surfing career is winding down, but he may have inspired a future world champion with the simplest of gestures.</p>The 36-year-old was beaten in the fourth round of the opening World Surf League (WSL) event at Snapper Rocks on the southern Gold Coast on Wednesday.

Fanning ’s one of the toughest in the game. And the hardships of 2015 only reaffirmed this fact. Mick 's decision to take time off is commendable. If more people in society stepped away from the I'm bummed because I love watching Mick surf , but it's the right thing to do. Mick is pure class, a legend.

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Mick Fanning gives surfboard away to delighted young fan© AAP Image/Dean Lewins Mick Fanning gives surfboard away to delighted young fan Three-time world champion Mick Fanning has given a young fan more than he bargained for, gifting him the surfboard he had just used in his second-last event before retiring.

Footage of the exchange tweeted by World Surf League shows the stunned youngster standing in the shallows to greet the surfer as he wades out of the water at Snapper Rocks on Queensland's Gold Coast.

Hurriedly recapping a pen he likely intended for an autograph, the boy quickly changes tack.

"Really?" the surprised fan said when Fanning handed him the board.

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From a young age, Mick Fanning had aspirations for achieving greatness. He’s done more than that over his legendary career that has unfolded in and out of the water. His first career win came as a wildcard at Bells Beach

Fanning announced he would be retiring from the sport in February via social media.

The 36-year-old made it through to the fourth round at the Gold Coast Pro, defeating American Conner Coffin in the third round, but was later eliminated from the competition.

He finished third behind defending champion Owen Wright and Brazilian Tomas Hermes.

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Mick Fanning surfing off Lofoten, Norway in November 2016. Credit: Red Bull Content Pool. “Amsterdam was really mellow. I was on my own, so it gave me time to think about things,” Fanning says. “I just went and I was just me.

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Speaking earlier, he said it was easy to be motivated with so little work time left.

"I figure I've only got three weeks of work left so you might as well give it your all ... it's all feeling pretty good," he said.

"I'm at home. I want to put on a good show for friends and family back here."

Fanning has just one more event left in his competitive career at Bells Beach — the same beach where he won his first tour in 2001.

One of Australia's best-known surfers, Fanning famously fended off a shark in South Africa in 2015.

He was also plucked from the water at the same South African beach last year when he had another close call with a shark.

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