The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour came down to the last round with a new stop in Petoria, South Africa. Dragon’s Josh Sheehan was leading the points going into the final and was on a mission to claim what was rightfully his. The Australian dominating, winning every heat by unanimous decision to earn his first X-Fighters championship. Runner up for the series was Levi Sherwood, NZL followed by Dany Torres, ESP.?”I’ve been wanting this for years, and it’s a dream come true. I’m on top of the world.” said an overwhelmed Sheehan.
In dominant fashion Dragon team rider Mick Fanning has won the ASP World Tour’s J-Bay Open. Held in pumping 10-foot conditions at South Africa’s famed right-hand point break, Jeffreys Bay, Fanning powered through a full day of epic surf to hang on for the win in the final against longtime friend and fellow Australian Joel Parkinson.
“It was such an incredible day of waves and I’m so glad I got to surf it,” said an exhausted Fanning after the victory. “It’s been such a magical day and I’m so thankful that we’re back here at J-Bay.”
Surfing four heats throughout the day, Fanning conceded that even his grueling training regiment wasn’t enough to prepare him for such a marathon campaign. And while he somehow forced his body to dig deep and keep up as best it could, Fanning found himself powered and inspired by what were easily the best waves seen on the ASP World Tour all year.
“This is a dream for us,” continued Fanning. “To have a contest here is amazing. It’s a full bucket list place. And to surf it with one other guy out, it’s incredible.
Going into the contest in South Africa, Fanning, the defending world champ, had slid to number eight on the ASP World Tour rankings, but with the win at J-Bay he climbs to number three and now has to be considered a potential contender for the world title.
“I didn’t think about it all day, I was just surfing, but I guess I’ll wake up tomorrow morning and start thinking about it,” smiled Fanning.
But Fanning wasn’t the only Dragon team member to shine in the glorious South African conditions. After spending the last year battling back from a back injury, Owen Wright locked in a third place finish. The result not only gave him some momentum to build off of as he heads into the back half of the season, but it also shot him up the ratings, where he now sits eleventh in the world.
“It all came together,” said Wright. “It’s been a lot of work, but I’ve been feeling better and better with every event, so to have it all came together at J-Bay, it’s really rewarding.”
Another Dragon surfer that’s struggled with injury this year, Alejo Muniz came on strong in the hefty pointbreak conditions, finishing fifth.
“That wave is so perfect, it’s so rippable, I feel very fortunate to have had such success there,” said Muniz. “It’s been off the schedule ever since I got on tour, so it’s really great to come here and get to enjoy such incredible conditions.”
The next ASP World Tour stop is the Billabong Pro Teahupoo, held at the infamous left-hand reef in Tahiti from Aug. 15-26.
In an epic finale to the season, longtime Dragon athlete Mick Fanning clinched his third ASP World Championship in pumping, 10- to 12-foot at the Billabong Pipeline Masters.
On the final, nail-biting day of the final event of season, Mick Fanning was faced with an uncertain path to the 2013 World Title: he’d automatically take home the title if he made it past the quarterfinals, otherwise reigning World Champ Kelly Slater would have to lose the event in order for Mick to win the title. But Mick sealed the deal on his own terms, leaving nothing to fate. In the final moments of his quarterfinal heat Mick pulled into a perfect Pipe set wave, earning a 9.7 and ultimately taking home the 2013 world title.
“I’m just overwhelmed with emotion right now,” Mick said after his quarterfinal heat. “It was a fun year. I just really wanted to enjoy my time on Tour. A couple years ago I wasn’t really enjoying it, and I got to the end of that year and decided I just really wanted to soak in my time on Tour and just breathe, appreciating what we have and how lucky we are, and that’s what this year was.”
Mick went on to place third overall in the event, wrapping up yet another stellar year on Tour. Mick’s consistently been among the Top 10 on the ASP World Tour since qualifying in 2002, taking home world titles in 2007 and 2009. Fanning’s 2013 season was one of his most consistent years on Tour, and included a Quiksilver Pro France victory, a runner-up finish in Fiji, and semifinal finishes at Teahupoo, Snapper, Rio de Janeiro, and Pipeline.
To celebrate Mick’s third world title, Dragon will release a short run of limited-edition three-time World Champ Mansfield sunglasses, which you can win by following Dragon on Twitter. All week long we’ll give away two pairs of Mansfield sunglasses everyday to the first person to correctly answer a Mick trivia question on Twitter and Instagram. You think you know your stuff? Follow @DragonAlliance for your chance to win.
The first stop on the #WeAreFrameless tour at Brighton Resort in Utah went off without a hitch. The Dragon team and the locals who came out were greeted with fresh snow, hot dogs, beers, and good times. Check out a few of the photos below, and follow @DragonAlliance on Instagram and Twitter for updates on the Tour.
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Congrats to Dragon team rider Colton Udall and the rest of the Johnny Campbell Racing Honda team for winning the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000. The team won the overall motorcycle race, covering the 883.1-mile distance in a time of 18 hours, 29 minutes, 14.240 seconds, at an average speed of 47.768 mph. It was the 17th straight year that a Honda motorcycle took top honors at the 1000.
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Check out Dragon team rider Trever Maur and fellow Nor Cal buddy Josh Twelker in Transworld Wakeboarding second trailer for “Quiet Please.” Check it out at Wakeboardingmag.com.
The Dragon crew left the Carlsbad, CA, offices this week en route to Brighton Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, for the first stop of the #WeAreFrameless tour. At each stop we’ll be visiting our local retailers, then heading up to the mountain with our team riders for a day of shredding and filming. Later in the day, we’ll be be BBQing at the Dragon truck, passing out hamburgers, beers, and Dragon gear. So be sure to come find us when we head to a mountain near you. And be sure to go to Snowboardermag.com for our videos from each stop.
When the first north swell of the season arrived in Hawaii in mid-November, most of the best big-wave surfers flocked to the North Shore of Oahu to battle the crowds at Waimea. But Shane Dorian had other plans: He skipped over to Maui and enjoyed a massive, early-season day at Jaws with just a handful of other chargers.
Check out the full gallery at Surfline.com.