Not the kind of fan Mick Fanning wants.
No one wants to find a stranger in their home. But that’s what happened to 3x world champ Mick Fanning after he arrived back from a three-week holiday in February.
38-year-old Ballina woman, Sarah Anne Foote, was arrested on February 2 after allegedly breaking into Fanning’s Gold Coast home.
Fanning’s neighbours spotted Foote in his backyard, climbing over the fence and into his property. His neighbours and Fanning then discovered the woman inside the home before she fled the scene.
'When someone walks into your house, it's concerning, so that's why I called the police,' he told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“I know the details of it, I was there, I look after people in my house and that's what I am doing.”
“It is what it is, it's done, she was arrested. It's in the court's hands, it's in the police hands.”
The incident came after the accused allegedly sent Fanning a series of letters. One apparently alluded to having thoughts about killing Mick while another was titled ’Sarah loves Mick’.
It is alleged Foote stalked the 3x world champ between January 29 - 4 February.
On Thursday morning Foote appeared in Southport Magistrate’s Court charged with unlawful stalking, entering a dwelling with intent and two counts of stealing. She remains in custody pending trial and sentencing.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a Gold Coast pro surfer has had a run-in with a crazed fan. In 2010, world champ Stephanie Gilmore was attacked by a homeless man with a metal bar in front of her apartment. The incident resulted in mental and physical trauma for the seven times world champion. Steph’s struggle to start over is documented in the film Stephanie in the Water
Thankfully Fanning has the surf to distract him from the troubling sequence of events. Mick is back in the water, returning from a six-month absence following a knee injury he suffered in South Africa. He made a comeback at Snapper on one of his signature foamies, making the most of a fun-sized east swell.
“The surf Stoke is REAL!! Just caught my first waves in 6 months and seriously I’m frothing! Knee felt amazing,” enthused Mick on Instagram.
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The surf Stoke is REAL!! Just caught my first waves in 6 months and seriously I’m frothing! Knee felt amazing. Thank you to @chrisprosser and @taylorcecil for helping me out so much to making this day. Also @tbsportscare for his help and knowledge. And all the other amazing people that worked on the healing process. Thank you @breeanablue for putting up with me too and encouraging me each day. Yeeeeeeew!!!
Let’s hope we see more Mick in 2020 in more positive circumstances.