Mick Fanning Wins Rip Curl Pro Portugal

By on October 20, 2014

(From ASP)
Final Breakdown: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jordy Smith
After a pair of low-scoring Semis, it was quickly clear that the Final promised to be a different kind of party. Again, Mick Fanning was out of the gate first, getting a quick tube for a 5.67 to start. Fanning’s next wave topped that: When Jordy Smith backed off of a left under priority, Fanning pulled in high and tight for a technical ride capped with wrapping turns for a 9.00. Smith was now combo’d, but answered back with an impressive tube of his own, hacking the lip on the exit for a final flourish. He earned a 7.67, and returned to the patience game. Fanning sat and waited too, as a long lull set in. It wasn’t until the last three minutes that Fanning improved his scoreline, with a 6.50, to secure the event win for the first time in Peniche since 2009. “I’m just stoked to get a win,” Fanning said. “It’s been about five years since I got a win here.”

Fanning’s winning wave!

Photo by ASP / Kirstin Scholtz/ ASP Handout

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