Mick Fanning

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Michael (Mick) Fanning
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Personal information
Born Michael Eugene Fanning
(1981-06-13) 13 June 1981 (age 34)
Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Nickname White Lightning
Residence Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Surfing career
Years active 2002–present
Best year ASP World Champion – 2007, 2009, 2013
Career earnings $200,047.351
Sponsors Rip Curl Wetsuits and Clothing, Reef Footwear, Creatures of Leisure Accessories, Dragon Eyewear, Red Bull Energy Drinks, Zen Nutrition, Scullcandy, AUDI, FCS fins
Major achievements

3 times ASP World Champion 2007, 2009 and 2013

6 times Australian Male Surfer of the Year 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
Surfing specifications
Stance Natural (regular) foot
Shaper(s) Darren Handley and Wade Tokoro
Quiver 5 11" x 18 5/8 x2 1/4
Favourite waves any pointbreak
Favourite maneuvers Hacks and tubes
Website mickfanning.com

Michael Eugene "Mick" Fanning, nicknamed "White Lightning", is an Australian professional surfer and triple world champion. Fanning won the 2007, 2009 and 2013 ASP World Tour.

Early years[edit]

He was born in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia on 13 June 1981[1][2] to Irish parents.[3] Fanning learned to surf at the age of 5 in coastal South Australia at a town called Mt Gambier, but did not go full on until his family moved to Tweed Heads when he was twelve. He grew up with fellow professional surfer, Joel Parkinson and both attended Palm Beach Currumbin State High School together. On the edge of the Queensland border, Fanning had access to epic surf north and south and he began to make a name for himself. In 1996 he established himself as one of the very best surfers to rule the Queensland points by placing in the top three at the Australian National Titles. But, tragedy stuck in 1998 when his brother Sean died in a car accident along with fellow surfer Joel Green.[4]

Pro career[edit]

He was also caring when he took a wild card entry at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in 2001 winning one of Australia's most acclaimed contests. He finished 2002 as rookie of the year winning the Billabong Pro at Jeffrey's Bay and earning himself a slot on the 2002 tour as the World Qualifying Series' (WQS) Champion.

He suffered a complete hamstring tear in 2004. He had to have it surgically repaired and made an incredible comeback to become one of the greatest surfers on the ASP world tour.[4]

The year 2007 marked Fanning's sixth year on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour since 2002 and his ninth year on the ASP WQS since 1998. He began his 2007 World Title campaign (WCT) with a victory at the Quiksilver Pro, the first event on the Foster's ASP World Tour, putting himself on top of the ratings. He won the Santa Catarina Pro in Brazil on 6 November 2007 placing above Taj Burrow and Kelly Slater therefore clinching the 2007 ASP world title.[2] In 2008 he suffered a mid-season groin injury. He slipped to eighth position on the end of year ratings. In 2009, Mick Fanning reclaimed his ASP World Champion crown at the famous Pipeline reef break on Oahu’s North Shore. Although Fanning was knocked out by fellow Australian Dean Morrison in Round 4, his points lead from winning three of the last four events was enough to secure victory. He then clinched it again in 2013 with a comeback victory in both round five, as well as the quarter-finals at Pipeline.[5]

According to an interview with WideWorld magazine, Fanning's favourite surf spots in Australia include Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast, Bells Beach in Victoria and Gnarloo in Western Australia.[6]

Private life[edit]

Fanning is married to model Karissa Dalton.[7]

Career victories[edit]

ASP World Tour Wins
Year Event Venue Country
2015 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Bells Beach  Australia
2014 Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Supertubos  Portugal
2014 J Bay Open Jeffreys Bay  South Africa
2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Bells Beach  Australia
2013 Quiksilver Pro France Hossegor  France
2012 Billabong Pro Teahupoo Teahupoo, Tahiti  French Polynesia
2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Bells Beach  Australia
2010 Quiksilver Pro France Hossegor  France
2009 Hurley Pro Trestles[8] Trestles  United States
2009 RipCurl Pro Search[9] Peniche  Portugal
2009 Quiksilver Pro France[8] Hossegor  France
2007 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast  Australia
2007 Quiksilver Pro France Hossegor  France
2007 Hang Loose Pro Santa Catarina  Brazil
2006 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay  South Africa
2006 Nova Schin Festival Imbituba  Brazil
2005 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast  Australia
2005 Rip Curl Pro Search Saint Leu, Reunion Island  France
2002 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay  South Africa
2001 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Bells Beach  Australia
  • Non ASP World Tour Victories:
    • 3 ASP WQS


  1. ^ http://www.aspworldtour.com/2010/profiles_men.asp
  2. ^ a b http://www.redbullsurfing.com/riders/mick-fanning/
  3. ^ Interview in Tonnta the Irish Surf Magazine issue no. 28, 2008
  4. ^ a b Surf For Your Life – the biography of Mick Fanny by Mick Fanny & Tim Baker, Published by Random House Australia,2009 ISBN 978-1-74166-927-5
  5. ^ Mick Fanning crowned ASP World Champion in perfect surf at Pipeline by Murray Wardrop, Daily Telegraph, 13 Dec 2009 [1]
  6. ^ Mick Fanny's best surf breaks
  7. ^ MacDonald, Andrew (17 March 2008). "Media wiped out as world champ weds". The Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Fanning wins ASP surf tourney in France". United Press International. 27 September 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  9. ^ "Fanning Wins Rip Curl Pro Search". CNN Sports Illustrated. TransWorld Surfing. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 

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