(Carlsbad, CA) – December 14th 2009 – The Billabong Pipe Masters is still on, but the world’s greatest surfer has already been determined as Mick Fanning claims his second ASP World Title. Fanning’s campaign for the crown kicked into high gear late in the season after his electrifying victory at the Hurley Pro at Trestles. The surfing world watched anxiously as best mates Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning battled out every point for the remainder of the season. It all came down to the Billabong Pipeline Pro, and a 3rd round exit from 'Parko’ that sealed Fanning’s fate, crowning him as the 2009 ASP World Champion.
The excitement has been building for Hawaii ever since Fanning’s victory at Trestles put him into striking distance of Joel Parkinson. A second win at the Quiksilver France, backed by another win during the Ripcurl Search Portugal propelled Mick into first place, with Parko nipping at his heels.
“I knew I was surfing well,” Mick said. “I knew it was going to turn around sooner or later. I don’t know, it’s weird the way the world works.”
Not since 2003 has the ASP World Title come down to Hawaii. With solid 6-8 foot barrels, Pipeline produced optimal conditions and lots of drama for the grand finale. Coming off a win at the O’Neill Sunset Pro, Parko was poised and confident for the final event. But it would all came down to Round 3. With seconds winding off the clock, Parko needed a 6.54 to beat wildcard Gavin Gillette. His wave came, but instead of an epic glide through a beautiful Pipe barrel, it ejected Parko resulting in a nasty wipeout. Seconds later, the heat, and Parko’s world title campaign came to a close. Fanning was paddling out for his next heat as Parko was heading in and realized the consequence of his loss. The lifelong mates embraced and congratulated one another on an incredible season.
“I’m just a bit overwhelmed right now and I don’t quite know what to say,” Fanning said. “It was hard out there. I was trying to get ready for my heat and then Gavin (Gillette) got that one score as I was paddling out and, I don’t know, I just sort of slowed down.”
Fanning headed into the fourth round of the Pipe Masters as the new world champ, but would succumb to Dean Morrison. Fanning exited the water all smiles, and on the shoulders of Parko and Dingo. He greeted the fans and media at the waters edge as the ASP World Champion for the second time in his career.
OWN A PIECE OF THE CHAMP
Mick’s first signature Reef sandal was introduced the same year he won his first world title in 2004. Flash forward to 2009, both Mick and the Fanning sandal, are still going strong. Designed with Mick’s progressive surfing in mind, the sandal is technically advanced with a full 360 Degree airbag, along with a built in bottle opener in the heel.
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