The 2007 ASP World Tour champion and 2009 ASP World Tour title contender, Mick Fanning, has teamed-up with storied surf journalist Tim Baker to assemble his autobiography. As Mick is only 28 and at the peak of his surfing career, the timing of the autobiography seems a bit odd but as Mick has already overcome numerous hurdles, we look forward to the Aussie’s new book.
About Mick Fanning’s autobiography – Surf for Your Life
Mick Fanning might only be 28 but he already knows how a lot of things feel that most of us never will. How does it feel to lose a brother? Win a world title? Rip your hamstring muscle clean off the bone? Weave through a zippering Superbank barrel for 20 or 30 seconds or paddle over the ledge at places like Pipeline and Teahupoo? Have scoliosis so bad you can’t get off the floor? Address the New South Wales state of origin team before a match, bowl to Matty Hayden and have Dave Warner belt you for consecutive sixes? Walk into the bar of a Brazilian hotel dressed only in a bikini to make your mates laugh, only to find your mates have left, and there is only a puzzled bartender staring blankly at you? You’ll notice that not all these experiences fall neatly on one side of the ledger of good or bad. Mick’s journey so far has definitely been a mixed bag, but it is the extremes of that journey that make him so interesting, and his readiness to learn from each experience and use it as fuel to drive him on that might provide lessons for the rest of us.
Mick is young but he already exudes a quiet wisdom beyond his years, and now he’s ready to share it with anyone wanting to further their surfing, whether competitively or for sheer pleasure. Mick tells his life story candidly – in turns funny, sensitive, thoughtful, self-deprecating – while providing intimate insights into the personal lessons gained along the way – with practical tips on surfing technique, fitness, nutrition, board design, travel, competitive strategies and mental clarity.
Mick has overcome personal tragedy and a career-threatening injury on his way to claiming the 2007 world surfing title. Universally acknowledged as the most focused and driven competitive surfer of his era, Mick’s approach to surfing, sports psychology, life and relationships, makes fascinating reading. The essential principles of perseverance, hard work, and overcoming obstacles in pursuit of your dreams, will inspire anyone keen to get the best out of themselves.
Ultimately, though, it’s Mick’s humanity, his readiness to give back, which might provide the greatest surprise and inspiration.
The Mick Fanning autobiography, Surf for Your Life, will be released on November 2nd. You can pick up a copy at your local bookstore or at Amazon.