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Mike Coots is an inspiration. Through and through. He is a world-class photographer. He’s a very nice guy. And he also happens to have survived a tiger shark attack at his home break in Kauai in 1997 that claimed his right leg below the knee – only to make a full recovery – and not just physically, but also mentally. In grand measure. To illustrate, in 2012, Coots headed to Washington to lobby for the protection and preservation of sharks – yes, sharks. The creatures responsible for violently stealing his leg from him. And he’s dedicated no small portion of his time advocating their protection since.

Coots once told The Inertia:

Yesterday, Coots posted this little zip of inspiration. For a lot of us, a cutback might feel routine. However, the glowing ball of stoke around Mike after this turn reminds us to be thankful for what we have: Ocean. Waves. And the resilient human spirit.

Keep killing it, Mike. Your impact is immense.

Mike Coots gets us pumped.

Mike Coots gets us pumped.




  • the smile says it all. amazing 🙂

  • Trogan Fan

    someone tell me why this is the only time we’ll see this guy but Bethany’s never more than a click away?

    • Basil Zempilas

      He did score the cover over at Australia’s Surfing Life last year (sick self portrait in the tube).

    • David S Kalonick

      Sure, bring a negative vibe to a great article.

      • cleanSooke

        Trogan had a valid question. It illustrates that people are more interested in fluff than substance. Pro surfing vs Ocean advocacy and environmental awareness.

    • cleanSooke

      Because he’s not a “cute” little girl with very aggressive parents that marketed the crap out of her within days after her attack and have never stopped. Coots never marketed “himself” instead he’s an advocate for ocean stewardship and “markets” that. He is secondary to his goals, while Bethany is primary to her parents goals.

      Either way, I’d say they are both happy doing what they want to do.

  • David S Kalonick

    Awesome! More clips man!

  • Stokes

    Very, very cool! Nice!

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