â€œI never dreamed that I would get to surf a J-Bay final with Joel (Parkinson),â€ Fanning said. â€œJoel is one of my favorite surfers and my best friend, weâ€™ve known each other since we were kids."
â€œIt was an amazing heat and Mick (Fanning) is such a good tactician,â€ Parkinson said. â€œI made a couple of bad decisions and I just didnâ€™t get the right waves. It wouldâ€™ve been nice to get a win but that was a brilliant day of surfing and it was so wonderful to be part of it."