Mick Fanning Wins Second Event of The Season; Moves into Third Place in ASP Rankings
Reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning has bagged his second WCT win of the season, defeating childhood friend Joel Parkinson in an historic and hard-fought final of the J-Bay Open, South Africa.
Thousands of fans gathered to watch the world's best surfers battle it out on finals day in pumping six-to-ten foot surf at Jeffreys Bay.
Fanning had to get past teammate Owen Wright (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA) and Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) en route to the final.
His first wave of the heat earned him an excellent 9.00 for a double-barrel and powerful carves. He went on to use his polished skills to bank a second solid score and a two-wave heat total of 17.00 (out of a possible 20). Parkinson, the 2012 ASP World Champion, fought his way back into contention with rides of 7.43 and 6.17 but was still looking for 9.57 points when time ran out.
The victory is Fanning's third win at Jeffreys Bay (his previous wins were in 2006 and 2002) and moves Fanning to No. 3 in the ASP WCT rankings.
"I never dreamed that I would get to surf a J-Bay final with Joel (Parkinson)," said Mick Fanning.
"I'm so tired but it's a dream-come-true kind of day. Joel is one of my favorite surfers and my best friend; we've known each other since we were kids. I'm so stoked, it was such an incredible day of waves and I'm just so thankful that I got to surf it. A big thanks to the ASP and everyone involved in bringing the event back to the Tour."
Parkinson, two-time winner at Jeffreys Bay (1999, 2009), defeated Matt Wilkinson (AUS) and Adriano de Souza (BRA) before facing Fanning in the Final.
Despite a valiant effort he was unable to find the near-perfect score needed to surpass Fanning for the win.
"It was an amazing heat and Mick (Fanning) is such a great surfer," said Joel Parkinson.
"I made a couple of bad decisions and I just didn't get the right waves. It would've been nice to get a win but that was a brilliant day of surfing with amazing waves and it was so wonderful to be part of it."
Fanning will now move into preparation mode for stop #7 of the ASP World Tour, Teahupoo, Tahiti, August 15 – 26.
Final:Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.00 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.60
Semifinals:SF1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.83 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.54
SF2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.00 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 12.50
Quarterfinals:QF1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.50 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.33
QF2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.83 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.44
QF3: Owen Wright (AUS) 17.40 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.07
QF4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.66 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 9.67
Round 5 Results:Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.33 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.04
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.83 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.34
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.17 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.10
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.67 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 8.13