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Mick Fanning put the finishing touches on his remarkable Championship Tour career at the 2018 Rip Curl Pro 17 years after winning the event as a wildcard. In the process, he cemented his legacy as one of Australia’s greatest surfing heroes. He emerged from a deep pool of talent based out of Coolangatta, on Australia’s famed Gold Coast of Queensland. He was a top prospect there, and earned his 2001 wildcard entry into the Bells event as a star Rip Curl team rider. He qualified for the tour that same year and has spent the better part of two decades as one of the biggest gravitational forces on the Tour, racking up 22 Tour wins, 11 Top 5 finishes and three World Titles. In 2018, Fanning announced he’ll be retiring from full-time competition at the Bells to bookend his journey. While his stats point to a storied career, his glabal allure comes from things that don’t show in his box score. His razor sharp brand of high-speed surfing has long been the benchmark for the timeless pillars of speed, power and flow. But Fanning’s personal journey to the top was anything but smooth. In 1998, when he was already one of Australia's hot up-and-coming amateur prospects, Fanning's older brother Sean, his best friend and hero, was killed in an auto accident. In 2004, he tore his entire hamstring muscle off of his pelvic bone, ripping the ligaments that attached to his buttocks. And in 2015, a great white shark attacked Fanning during the Final of the J-Bay Open in South Africa, which was being aired on live television back home. Later that year, in the middle of another World Title race at Pipeline, Fanning’s brother Peter passed away. Through every horrible episode Fanning rebounded with bravery, grace and conviction. While he’s taught many of his fans how to surf, his biggest gift has been teaching them how to live.

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  • Men's CT 2018
    #26
  • Heat wins
    7
  • Avg. heat score
    13.08
  • Rookie year
    2002

Competition results

Men's Championship Tour #2
Complete
Mar 28 - Apr 08, 2018
Place
2nd
Defeated by
Men's Championship Tour #1
Complete
Mar 11 - 22, 2018
Place
9th
Defeated by
Men's Championship Tour #11
Complete
Dec 08 - 20, 2017
Place
13th
Defeated by
Men's Championship Tour #10
Complete
Oct 20 - 31, 2017
Place
5th
Defeated by

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Event results

NamePlacePointsPrize money
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast9th3,700$14,700
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach2nd7,800$55,000

Career stats

YearRankPointsEventsHeatsMax heat scoreBest result
20182611,5002916.502nd 
20171233,000114018.865th(x5)
20161725,20052218.601st 
2015254,650115018.171st(x2)
2014255,350115118.401st(x3)
2013154,400105819.531st 
2012347,000104319.071st(x2)
20111131,700113419.102nd(x2)
2010344,750103818.231st 
200917,140103618.53
200885,495113318.30
200718,136104819.53
200636,828114618.77
200536,65093317.77
2004433,252111218.10
200347,080125019.60
200255,944124327.70
Mick Fanning
Australia
Mick Fanning
Australia
  • Stance
    Regular
  • First season
    1999 Men's CT
  • Age
    37 Jun 13, 1981
  • Height
    5 ft, 11 in 178 cm
  • Weight
    174 lbs 79 kg
  • Hometown
    Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
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