Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson have been grinding it out on the elite world tour for more than a dozen years now, so naturally time at home is precious. While a lot of the world's attention has been focused on what's going on in the North Pacific, due largely to the relentless onslaught of El Niño-generated swells, Down Under things are going pretty darn well too.
Snapper Rocks, home of the Quiksilver Pro -- which is stop number one of the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour -- has been on fire for a couple weeks now, but on Tuesday a fresh swell arrived and hundreds and hundreds were there to greet it.
Fortunately, having a World Title or three tends to clear the runway a little bit, but Mick and Joel certainly have to scrap to get in position. All the strength, quickness, speed and rhythm that goes into their surfing is actually required just to catch a wave out the back.
Several of the world's best are down the coast in Newcastle, competing in the QS6000 Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro, but Mick and Joel are happily hanging back and resting on their laurels. Wouldn't you?
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