Australian surfing legend Mick Fanning has penned an emotional letter to fellow surfer and friend Julian Wilson following his near-death experience with a shark.
Fanning, a three-time world champion, narrowly escaped what could have been an horrific attack while surfing at a competition in South Africa on Sunday.
Alongside a photograph of the two Aussie surfers embracing after his narrow escape, Fanning has thanked Wilson, who broke down in tears during an interview after the incident.

He is pictured here shortly after being rescued from the water
'Jbay is an incredible place and I will go back one day,' Fanning wrote in the same social media post.
His mother Elizabeth Osborne opened up about her son's ordeal on Monday night, saying she would support him should he choose to surf again.
'I think he probably will (surf again), I'll follow him and support him no matter what he chooses to do,' she told the Nine Network.

 Fanning's mum Elizabeth Osborne said she would support her son whether he returned to the water or not

When asked whether they had previously discussed the threat of sharks Ms Osborne said they had not, but it had always been in the back of her mind. 
'I haven't spoken to him about sharks, it's certainly always been in my mind...and now it's became a reality.'
'I'm just so glad that Mick's okay.
'What a hero to fight that off, I was so proud of him,' she told the program.