Mick Fanning, a 32 year-old Australian native, has claimed his third ASP World Title today in epic conditions at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons.
The final event of the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour season, the Billabong Pipe Masters was culminating solid 10 to 15 foot waves at the infamous Banzai Pipeline, and Fanning’s last-minute heroics in both Round 5 against C.J. Hobgood and the Quarterfinals against Yadin Nicol has sealed his campaign for this year’s world surfing crown over an rampaging Kelly Slater.
“It wasn’t easy,” Fanning said of his morning Round 5 bout with Hobgood. “If you want to win a world title, you have to put it all on the line. I basically got flogged for 28 minutes of that heat before that gem came through. I heard from all the boys whistling on the beach and I knew it was going to be a good one when it came in. I got a roll in off of second reef and it set up for a really good section on first reef. Came through at the right time and that was definitely a magic moment for me.”