Mick Fanning has been crowned the 2013 Surfing World Champion after a stunning display at Hawaii’s Pipeline Master, reports The Australian Broadcasting Coroporation (ABC).
Here’s what you need to know:
1. It Was a Seriously Dramatic Victory
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Fanning trailed fellow Australian Yadin Nicol 16.9 to 9.53 when he dropped in sharply on a wave with 90 seconds remaining.
He cut back hard and produced an almost perfect ride of 9.7 to secure the heat and his third ASP world championship.
2. Fanning Looked to be Out of the Competition
Fanning appeared to be out of the competition earlier, only scraping through the pre-final heat against CJ Hobgood.
3. He’s Won Three Times Before
This is the fourth world title for Fanning. That makes him equal to Australia’s legendary surfer Mark Richards in terms of World Championships won.
4. America’s Kelly Slater Came Close to Steal Glory
The championship appeared ready to be won by Kelly Slater until Fanning snatched the victory. Slater is an 11-time winner of the World Championship. The tournament had been billed as “Fanning v Slater.”
5. ‘It’s Good to be Mick’
Fanning is married to model Karissa Dalton.