Mick Fanning has claimed his second consecutive victory of the ASP World Tour, beating Bede Durbidge in the final of the 2009 Quicksilver Pro in Hossegor, France.
The big waves may not have shown up for the final day of the Quicksilver Pro but the best surfers in the world still managed to show some progressive surfing, landing some crazy aerials.
28-year-old Fanning proved to be the best; having spent much of the two-month summer break working on his physical and mental stamina, he kept the momentum that swept him to victory in California last week going throughout the whole contest.
And, just as in the previous round, Mick had to surf four heats on the final day: “I was really fortunate to get those couple of good ones at the start because I really ran out of gas there at the end,” Fanning said. “It’s two back-to-back events where I have had to surf four heats on the final day to get the win and it takes a lot out of you. The conditions were deteriorating and I was fortunate to get those scores on the board early on.”
Another big standout was the Portuguese surfer Tiago Pires, who beat nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater in the quarter final on his way to finishing third place – his best result of the year.
“I’m over the moon right now,” said Pires. “Kelly is my favourite surfer and I have so much respect for him. I knew I had to wait for the bigger waves to get the scores to beat him. I’ve had a really tough year, but have been training very hard for this and I’m so happy to get through.”
With this victory Fanning has blown the race for the world title race wide open again as he narrowed the gap to Joel Parkinson to 146 points after the tour leader went out in the third round. Fanning said: “It’s back on. Everyone thought Joel was going to run away with it and it’s unfortunate for him that he fell out early, but I’ve put in a lot of work to get these last two wins and I’m just psyched on heading into the rest of the season.”
Next stop for the ASP World Tour is Mundaka, Spain, from October 5-17.