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Surfing champion Mick Fanning gifts young West Coast ruckman Callum Jamieson a brand new wet suit

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Last year, North Beach ruckman Callum Jamieson was aspiring to be a pilot. This year, he’s being gifted wet suits from one of Australia’s greatest ever surfers.

Three-time world champion Mick Fanning helped deck out Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe with a new surfboard a few weeks ago.

But when they all went surfing on the Gold Coast, Fanning couldn’t believe the state of Jamieson’s gear.

“I started getting a hole, like here, and then it just started ripping around and I just left it,” the 200cm young ruckman said.

“It’s not too cold over here so it’s alright.”

Jamieson said the ripped wet suit ‘did the job’, but Fanning wasn’t sold.

“Mate, I’m going to get you one after this. I’m going to go get one,” he laughed.

Camera IconPicture: Callum Jamieson’s old wetsuit – before Mick Fanning’s classy move. Credit: AFL

And after a few hours on the water, that’s exactly what the six-time Australian Male Surfer of the Year did.

“Callum surfs really good, he looks like he’s been surfing since he was a little kid,” Fanning said.

“He’s doing some really nice turns actually.

“I saw Callum’s wetsuit and had to go get him a new one from home, the thing looks like it’s been in too many wrestles on the beach.

“There you go mate,” he said as he handed over a brand new (rip free) suit.

“No way!” a stunned Jamieson said.

The 19-year-old, who was taken with pick 49 in last year’s national draft, was lost for words- but before the surprise gift, he spoke of the excitement around surfing with the champion.

“We got a text from one of the guys at the club and we went for a surf with Mick Fanning,” Jamieson said.

Picture: Retired surfing champion Mick Fanning hits the waves.
Camera IconPicture: Retired surfing champion Mick Fanning hits the waves. Credit: AFL

“He’s been one of my idols growing up so it was pretty cool to go for a surf with him.

“He’s a real good fella, he’s amazing to watch out there.”

Jamieson was joined by Fyfe and teammate Jack Darling on the waves at Fanning’s local surfing spot, Tugun beach, which is located between Currumbin and Coolangatta.

Meanwhile, Fyfe quipped he was hoping his new kit would provide the surfing skills to match.

“This is the first time I’ve really surfed this short, I’ve got the 6”2 (and) usually I surf a little longer,” he said.

“It’s a Mick Fanning pad, a Mick Fanning board, hopefully I’ll be surfing like Mick Fanning!”

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