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MISSING PHOTOS BY TED GRAMBEAU & NICOLE GOZZER

The call came in to the Bali Belly office before the sun had come up: Mick Fanning was missing. Less than 24 hours ago Mick had been posted up at Keramas with the rest of the CT crew. Now he was nowhere to be found. No one knew where he was – not his manager, not his trainer, not even his wife. He’d just vanished. The rumor mill began to churn and wild theories abounded. Had Mick’s alter ego, Eugene, gone richter at a Kuta nightclub and been dealt with by heavy-handed security? Had Mick been kidnapped by Jakarta mafia looking for a hefty ransom? Or was Kelly Slater so pissed off after Mick snatched the ratings lead from him at the Bali event that he had Mick taken out, à la Tonya Harding? As the day progressed, hushed details began to trickle back from a faraway jungle coast: John Florence and a helicopter, Taylor Steele, filming for a top-secret new movie. The whole thing sounded suspect. We weren’t convinced. We were about to call up Liam Neeson to get on the case Taken style when the phone rang. It was Mick calling to assure us that he was alive and well and not rotting in some godforsaken Sumatran jail cell. We told him we were worried sick. This is what Mick had to say for himself...

Bali Belly Issue 003  

Bali Belly magazine from Bali, Indonesia.

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