Congratulations and Celebrations to Mick Fanning. Winner of The Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014.
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 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.
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