Mick Fanning Wins in Portugal, get his signature gear here! October 25 2014
After two low scoring semis, it was clear that the Final would to be a different kind of party. Mick Fanning scored first, logging a quick tube for a 5.67 to start.
His next wave topped that: Jordy Smith backed off of a left under priority and allowed the wave, Fanning pulled in high and tight for a technical ride capped with wrapping turns for a 9.00. Smith was quickly combo'd, but answered back with an impressive tube of his own, whacking the lip on the exit for a final flourish. He scored a 7.67, and returned to the patience game. As a lull set in, they sat and waited. Finally in the last three minutes Fanning improved his score, with a 6.50, to secure the event win for the first time in Peniche since 2009. "I am just so stoked. I didn't really think about a win to tell you the truth, it just happened. Jordy surfed amazing, John John surfed amazing, Kai too. Everyone has been ripping this whole Euro leg and I’m just stoked I got to get a result out of it," said Fanning. "It feels so good to get a win, it’s been five years since I won here, so I am very stoked. Going into Hawaii with a title on the line is so stressful, but I guess I will just deal with that when I get there. For now I’ll just enjoy the win here."
The Billabong Pipeline Masters 2014 will crown the ASP World Tour champion between December 8th-20th, on the Oahu's North Shore. Only three surfers remain in contention: Gabriel Medina, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning.
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014 | Final
Mick Fanning (AUS), 15.50 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF), 7.67