Parkinson Places Equal 17th, Still in the Running For
$50,000 Vans Triple Crown Series Title with CJ Hobgood

One Day of Competition Remains.

PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Saturday, December 12, 2009) – In a convoluted moment of both celebration and commiseration, Australia’s Mick Fanning, 28, has clinched his second 2009 ASP World Title on Oahu’s North Shore. It all took place during the Billabong Pipe Masters – the final stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink – when Fanning found himself in the lineup with his two childhood mates: Joel Parkinson and Dean Morrison.

The same horn that signaled the start of Fanning’s fourth round opening heat clash against Morrison, signaled the end of Joel’s run in the Billabong Pipe Masters and the end of his world title campaign, eliminated in the last heat of the third round by Gavin Gillette (Hawaii). With Parkinson’s loss, Fanning was unbeatable on the ASP Dream Tour rankings. Forty minutes later, Morrison had eliminated him from the competition.

In recognition of his accomplishment, the Vans Triple Crown awarded Mick a $50,000 world champion’s bonus – part one of the Vans Triple Threat that will also award $50,000 on the final day of competition to the Billabong Pipe Masters champion, and a further $50,000 to the Vans Triple Crown series champion.

“First I’d like to thank Vans,” said Fanning. “I really appreciate how they stepped it up for the Triple Crown. It’s awesome to see companies believing in surfing. It’s just a picture of what’s going to happen in years to come.

“I’m at a loss for words. It’s been such a crazy year and I had so much fun. I’m just shaking and lost for words.”

“If I wasn’t in the race, I would have been gunning for Joel (Parkinson), for sure. He just had that bad ankle injury and surfed so good all year.”

The 2009 ASP World Tour season will go down in history as one of the most dramatic, with Parkinson winning three of the first five events before Fanning rallied in the latter half of the season to overtake his good friend.

“I knew I was surfing well,” Fanning said. “It was just a matter of getting that result. I knew it was going to turn around sooner or later. I don’t know, it’s weird the way the world works.”

Fanning’s 2009 ASP World Tour results:
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Australia: Equal 3rd
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia: Equal 5th
Billabong Pro Teahupoo, Tahiti: Equal 9th
Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro, Brazil: Equal 5th
Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, South Africa: Equal 17th
Hurley Pro Trestles, California, USA: WINNER
Quiksilver Pro France: WINNER
Billabong Pro Mundaka, Spain: Equal 9th
Rip Curl Pro Search, Portugal: WINNER
Billabong Pipeline Masters, Hawaii: Equal 9th

One more day of competition here at the Billabong Pipe Masters remains. There is a 50/50 chance that competition could resume at 8am tomorrow. Check in first thing in the morning at triplecrownofsurfing.com

Heading into the quarter finals the lineup consists of three Floridians – Kelly Slater and brothers CJ and Damien Hobgood; Australians Dean Morrison, Bede Durbidge and Taj Burrow; California’s Dane Reynolds; and lone local Hawaii surfer Flynn Novak. Slater has won six Pipe Masters titles during his career, and Durbidge has won one.

CJ Hobgood is now the only surfer who can get between defending Vans Triple Crown champion Parkinson and a second series title that is this year worth a bonus $50,000 and a $10,000 custom Nixon watch. With Parkinson out of the competition, CJ must make it all the way to the final, where a first or second place would be sufficient to wrap it up.

In conjunction with Billabong’s $40,000 winner’s purse, Vans has added a bonus $50,000 to bring the first place check to $90,000.

The final day of competition will be aired live on FUEL TV across the USA as well as Australia and Portugal. This will be the first-ever live broadcast of an ASP World Tour event in the United States.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start.

The action of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will be broadcast live in HD on the web with the support of our HD partner FUEL TV at triplecrownofsurfing.com, as well as on Hawaii television on Oceanic channel 250.

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Making the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink possible: Reef, O’Neill, Billabong, Gidget Worldwide, Nixon, Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaiian Airlines, JN Automotive Group, Surfing Magazine, Surfline.com, FUEL TV, The Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaiian Springs Water, Road Runner, Climb On! chemical-free skincare, and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP). The Series is proud to announce that it is working with local company Tr3ees to embark upon a greener, more sustainable future.

Jodi Wilmott

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com

Heat 1: Dean Morrison (AUS) 16.76 dft. Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.16
Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.66 dft. John Florence (HAW) 12.0
Heat 3: Flynn Novak (HAW) 12.34 dft. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 7.54
Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.1 dft. Fred Patacchia (HAW) 14.5
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.83 dft. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 8.5
Heat 6: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.57 dft. Dayyan Neve (AUS) 12.23
Heat 7: CJ Hobgood (USA) 15.27 dft. Phil MacDonald (AUS) 5.87
Heat 8: Dane Reynolds (USA) dft. Gavin Gillette (HAW)

Heat 1: Dean Morrison (AUS) v Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 2: Flynn Novak (HAW) v Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS) v Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 4: CJ Hobgood (USA) v Dane Reynolds (USA)

Heat 1: Dean Morrison (AUS) 16.67 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 6.6
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.57 dft. Torrey Meister (HAW) 6.26
Heat 3: Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.07 dft. 6.1
Heat 4: John Florence (HAW) 16.93 dft. Bobby Martinez (USA) 15.16
Heat 5: Flynn Novak (HAW) 15.5 dft. Adriano DeSouza (BRZ) 14.34
Heat 6: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 12.67 dft. Michael Picon (FRA) 12.1
Heat 7: Fred Patacchia (HAW) 15.67 dft. Chris Ward (USA) 10.66
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.33 dft. Hank Gaskell (HAW) 14.17
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.66 dft. Liam McNamara (HAW) 0.33
Heat 10: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 17.17 dft. Roy Powers (HAW) 13.8
Heat 11: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.83 dft. Bruce Irons (HAW) 8.67
Heat 12: Dayyan Neve (AUS) 15.67 dft. Jordy Smith (SAF) 13.0
Heat 13: Phil MacDonald (AUS) 15.17 dft. Taylor Knox (USA) 11.94
Heat 14: CJ Hobgood (USA) 16.33 dft. Shane Dorian (HAW) 11.94
Heat 15: Gavin Gillette (HAW) 13.36 dft. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.56
Heat 16: Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.2 dft. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 10.43