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Mick Fanning Wins Billabong Pro Tahiti

Mick Fanning wins Billabong ProTahiti 2012. Credit: ASP

Australia’s Mick Fanning, 31 has overcome fellow Aussie Surfer and good friend Joel Parkinson to win the final of the Billabong Pro, Teahupo’o this morning. After a nail biting final, Fanning stated his claim to a third world title as he took out the legendary event in Tahiti, 18.87 to Parkinson’s 18.37.

With both surfing on their backhand, the famous break provided plenty of challenges with the powerful left hander pumping out 4-6 foot waves for the final. Parkinson came out firing in the first two waves of the final collecting a 9.50 and an 8.87. Ensuring he did not become a two time bridesmaid at the event, Fanning remained relaxed and used critical wave selection to land a 9.37 and 9.50 in the mid to dying stages.

Fanning explained his relief after the event. “I just had to be patient. It’s Teahupo’o so it goes on and off. You can get two 10s in two minutes so I knew I just needed to keep my composure throughout the final. Joel is such an incredible surfer and he’s gotten so good out here. He raced out to an early lead and I knew I needed to focus on my own game plan.” (Surfing Australia, 2012)

“I got that good score about mid-heat and then was able to sell him when he had priority on one that didn’t pan out for him. The second wave was the one and it’s an incredible feeling to come back and get the win. I’m stoked.” (Surfing Australia, 2012)

After his second win from five events so far on tour, Fanning sits on top of the ASP WCT ratings at the halfway point in the tour. Closely following is Parkinson in second position on the ratings with rookie John John Florence sitting in third after a great display in Tahiti. Florence and Parkinson battled it out in the second Semi early on in the day with Parkinson prevailing 17.14 over Florence 15.17.

Event Runner-Up in 2011 Owen Wright, was stoked to make it into the Semi – Final and put on a great show with strong forehand surfing. However, he was to meet event winner Fanning (18.93) in a close heat resulting in an equal third place finish for Wright (18.10).

Crowd favourite Kelly Slater ended his event after a disappointing round three loss to inform Brazilian, Ricardo Dos Santos. Dos Santos was charging throughout the event and eventually was rewarded for his efforts. The Brazilian took out the Andy Irons Forever Award for the best wave riding performance of the event.

After winning last year’s event, Slater was the biggest shock knock out of the early stages with majority of the top ten progressing through to Round 5 and the Quarter Finals.

Event No. 6 and the next stop on the ASP WCT, the Hurley Pro will be held in Trestles, California from the 16th – 22nd of September.

Billabong Pro Tahiti Results (c/o ASP World Tour):

1 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.87
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.37

QF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.93 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 18.10
QF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.14 def. John John Florence (HAW) 15.17

QF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 19.07 def. Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) 18.64
QF 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 18.90 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.60
QF 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.50 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.43
QF 4: John John Florence (HAW) 16.17 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 4.17

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