On paper, Mick Fanning had a massive advantage heading into his Round Two match with Kanoa Igarashi at Margaret River. After all, we're talking about a 3x World Champion. But Igarashi's incredible track record in Round Two heats can't be forgotten: He's only lost one.
Igarashi surfed well and surfed smart, two things we've come to expect from him. Fanning, meanwhile, hasn't resembled the dominant figure we're used to seeing -- yet.