Mick Fanning will compete full-time in the 2017 Championship Tour as he announced on his Instagram account.
“It was nice to have 2016 off somewhat and decompress, but I’m excited to put the singlet on again.” – Mick Fanning
At the 2015 Jeffrey’s Bay Open event, surfing fans witnessed a shark attack Mick Fanning. He was competing full-time during this season, and he finished the race as a runner up. This was not the only emotional turbulence he was experiencing at that moment. On the eve of the Pipe Masters, he lost his older brother, Peter. Having problems professionally and personally, Fanning just felt exhausted and decided to step away from the World Title race.
What 2016 looked like for Mick
In 2016, Mick still joined a handful of events. He also returned to J-Bay and won competitions there. He traveled a lot too and discovered some of the best waves along the way. This new venture was showcased in different short films, which are mostly themed as Mick’s self-rediscovery journey.
Mick expressed his lack of care for winning more. “I think the goalposts have changed,” he said. “Obviously, world titles are incredible to pursue – something you strive for as a little kid. People always ask me ‘Do you want to win more?’ and, to be totally honest, I couldn’t care.”
“Even with the 2017 season looming, I wasn’t sure I was motivated enough to take part,” Fanning said. “However, like everyone else, I’m getting super excited about this year’s line-up of surfers – it might be the best field from the top seed to number 34 we’ve ever had. I also think it’s the biggest group of legit title contenders we’ve ever seen on the tour ever and I want to be part of the race.”
Mick Fanning will be competing with other champions like Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson, Gabriel Medina, Adriano de Souza, and John John Florence at the WSL Championship Tour on March 14 to 25.
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