SYDNEY - Australia's three-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning, who famously fought off a shark attack while competing in South Africa, has announced his retirement from the sport.
The 36-year-old said the Pro Bells Beach event in the Australian state of Victoria later this month would be his last.
"I've decided the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will be my last event as a full-time competitor on the World Surf League Championship Tour," he said on Instagram late Wednesday.
"The tour has given me so much but I need a fresh challenge. I still love the game but can't find the motivation and dedication required to compete for world titles anymore.
"I'm just not enjoying it as much as I was in the past. I still love surfing, and I'm still super excited by it, but I feel that there's other paths for me to take at this stage in my life."