Mick Fanning claimed his 3rd ASP World Title yesterday at the Pipe Masters in pumping 10-12 foot Pipeline on a day that will go down in surf history because of the near-perfect conditions and also because of Mick's remarkable last minute heroics in both Round 5 and the Quarterfinals, turning 2 near-certain heat losses into wins, and keeping Kelly Slater from his 12th title.
|Mick Fanning - 2013 world champ|
- If Mick qualified for the semifinals, he would be the champ.
- If Mick didn't reach the semis, and Kelly won the Pipe Masters outright, Kelly would win his 12th title.
Round 5: CJ vs. Mick: The pressure was on and neither surfer could get anything going; Mick had 8 waves scored and his highest wave was a 2.50! CJ was scraped together 2 short barrels for a 6.87 and a 3.67, and with 1:30 left on the heat clock, things looked grim for Mick. But then out the back came a monster set wave, and Mick capitalized, nailing a deep barrel (with a serious claim) for a 9.50, moving on to the quarters and keeping the title alive.
|Mick, title-saving wave 1|
|Mick, title-saving wave 2|