Australian Mick Fanning is setting the ASP World Tour on fire at the moment, taking consecutive wins at the last two events and rocketing up the ratings chart in the process. He entered the Billabong Pro Mundaka last week ranked second overall behind Tour leader Joel Parkinson, who has not been enjoying the same luck as his fellow Aussie recently. Parkinson was eliminated in the third round of both the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles and the Quiksilver Pro France, the events that Fanning claimed. After six consecutive off days in Mundaka, Parkinson was defeated today in round two by Drew Courtney; Fanning defeated David Weare to advance.
Fanning is looking for his second ASP World Tour Championship Title, having earned the honor in 2007. “I’m not thinking about (the title) at all,” Fanning commented. “If you want to win the World Title, you have to win heats and that’s all I’m working on. I’ve got a long way to go. It’s unfortunate for Joel that he got another bad result, but he’s still right there and it’s going to come down to the wire."
Mundaka marks the eighth of ten events on the Tour, with the Rip Curl Search in Portugal (Oct. 19-28) and the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Hawaii (Dec. 8-20) remaining.
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