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Punch The Shark

July 28, 2015

The South African coast is beautiful. Australian surfer Mick Fanning was there, waiting on top of his board at Jeffreys Bay. It was the World Surf League’s J-Bay Open Sunday. His mom Elizabeth Osborne was back in Oz watching him on TV. A dorsal fin broke the water beside her boy. She’d already lost son Sean in a car accident. She approached the glowing screen. Mick disappeared from view. We couldn’t see him. He was punching the shark. After what felt like forever, Mick broke the surface, swam away and was picked up by a SeaDo.  Mom took a breath. We did too.

Mick’s Australian. Men do things like this here: surf, punch sharks and get back in the water.  Brave is a verb. In our own way, we have to confront fear. Not of the 450 million year old shark, a top predator who is now mercilessly preyed upon for their fins, but for giving up. We have to fight for our lives, the dream that got left behind or the cause you cared aboutFin Free.  What do you know you have to do? That’s how you become more you, one promise and one project at time.

For Canadian Rob Stewart it was making the stunning film Sharkwater. Stewart has won over 30+ international awards for his captivating portrayal of this misunderstood creature.  He wants a ban on the practice of shark finning which kills over 100 million sharks a year. 

What’s your thing? Punch that.

 

 

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