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Fremantle captain Nathan Fyfe has taken advantage of a few days off during Freo’s bye round to head down south to the World Surf League’s (WSL) Margaret River Pro.
A keen surfer, Fyfe is part of a self-titled group at Fremantle – ‘The Froth Crew’ – alongside Connor Blakely, Brad Hill and younger teammates Hugh Dixon and Adam Cerra.
Fyfe watched all the surfing action on Finals day and appeared on the global WSL live broadcast to talk about his love for the sport.
“There’s a few of us at the club that love surfing”, Fyfe said.
“Actually, on the bus on the way to the Collingwood game we were watching Jack Robinson (Australian surfer) get absolutely pitted over the box.
“We get a few days off due to the bye round, so it’s nice to come down and watch the surfing.”
Fyfe met one of his favourite athletes in two-time World Champion John John Florence, who took out the Margaret River Pro, his second Pro victory following his first win back in 2017.
The pair swapped stories of surfing, competing at a professional level and recovering from long-term injuries following Florence’s recent return from a knee reconstruction.
While Florence is on Fyfe’s list of favourites, he said the Australian surfers have his firm support.
“I’m going for the Australians so it’s disappointing to see Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) get out,” Fyfe said.
“I was hoping Julian Wilson (Australia) could get up and get into the final.
“And John John Florence is one of my favourite athletes to watch so I’m here to see a bit of everyone”.
The Fremantle skipper showed his appreciation for the surfers competing.
“I have an incredible amount of respect for anyone willing to paddle out there,” Fyfe said.
“There’s high skill involved, and the guys and girls have been taking some big hits.
“Surfing has different disciplines (compared to AFL) but respect all round.”