16 career tours… 22 world-tour events… 3 world-championship titles…
Mick Fanning has been competing in the World Championship Tour for 17 years. in 2001, he won his first Championship title as a wildcard. In 2002, he won Rookie of the Year and finished fifth in the overall standings. 2007 was the year when he beat Kelly Slater in the leaderboard and became the first Australian to win the world title since 1999. Again in 2009, he bags his second world title after beating fellow Australian Joel Parkinson. 2013 was the year he bagged his third and final title.
The 36-year-old surfer hasn’t had the perfect career. He’s had shark encounters, been plucked from the water, experienced personal tragedy, battled a career-threatening injury, but still managed to bounce back. So, these aren’t obviously the reasons why he’s decided to retire from the world tour.
It was in August of last year when Mick announced that he’d retire within the next two years. It was a shock back then and it still is now. Fanning is one of the favorites of Australian surfing fans, which is why he’ll always be remembered.
Here’s a look back at his career highlights:
On his Instagram post, Mick says he needs a fresh challenge. He says he still loves the game but can’t find the motivation and dedication required to compete for World Titles anymore. He also thanks his family, sponsors, shaper, fellow competitors, crew, and fans in the said post.
“I’m looking forward to life away from the tour while keeping a close eye on things. I’m so proud of our sport and the way it continues to evolve. The performance level on the Championship Tour and the Big Wave Tour is remarkable. I can’t wait to watch it all go down as one of the sport’s biggest fans. I’m also looking forward to evolving my own surfing in new ways, visiting unfamiliar places and taking on different experiences.
I will be competing at the opening event at home on the Gold Coast and then wrapping things up at the Rip Curl Pro. Bells Beach is where my Championship Tour career really kicked off, I’ve always loved the place and it seems a fitting stop to finish things up. It’s gonna be a big fun party and you’re all invited to come. Hope I see you there.
Cheers and thanks for the memories,” Mick finishes.
We at BlinkSurf wish you well in your future endeavors, Mick!
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