…and sets himself up for a run at a fourth World Title race.
After winning the Hurley Pro at Lowers over the weekend and unseating Adriano De Souza from the top spot in the process, long-time Dragon athlete Mick Fanning has once again secured his place as the number one surfer in the world. With only three events remaining on the 2015 WSL calendar, Mick is gaining momentum as the World Title race heats up.
Complementing his yellow jersey, Mick can be seen in the Marquis sunglass from Dragon’s top-selling H2O Floatable Collection. With durable, impact-resistant Performance Polar lenses and a lightweight injected-moulded frame made to float in water, Dragon’s H2O Floatable Collection sunglasses are the perfect accompaniment to the fast-approaching summer season – ensuring you never again lose your shades off the boat, in the ocean, lake, or river.
By now, the world has all heard about the infamous shark attack on Mick Fanning at J Bay which happened live on the WSL webcast and spread like wildfire around the world. Mick and Julian were true heroes that day and we are thankful that everyone is safe and sound. This #Tournotes video shows the behind the scenes moments and emotions around the incident and help us get an understanding of the impact this will have on them for the rest of their lives.
As Mick has been quoted saying, “To walk away from a shark attack with not a scratch on you, it’s a miracle really. You just count your lucky stars.”
Congratulations Alejo Muniz on your win at the Balito Pro and taking over the pole position on the WSL qualifying series! It couldn’t have happened to a more committed and nice guy. “I want to dedicate this trophy to my brother because he’s the one that is pushing me and he’s an amazing person, so I just try to be like him, a good person and really focus on surfing,” says Alejo. The Marquis sunglass is a favorite of Muniz, to check it out click here.
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Owen Wright’s brilliant performance at the Fiji Pro could not have been scripted any better. In perfect eight- to ten-foot surf at the infamous Cloudbreak, Wright cruised to his first world tour victory since 2011.
“It’s a dream come true,” sighed a bewildered Wright from the channel after the spray has settled.
Posting two perfect 10-point rides in Round 5 of the contest, Wright found himself in very distinguished company as one of only five surfers to have ever logged a perfect heat. But he wasn’t done. Fighting his way to the final, the powerful goofy-footer was clearly on a roll. Already in firm control of the final, in the dying minutes he locked into two more perfect 10-point rides. It’s the first time in the history of professional surfing that someone has tallied two perfect heat scores in one contest.
Wright now sits ranked third on the WSL ratings, right in front of fellow Dragon team member Mick Fanning. Both are within striking distance of the 2015 WSL World Title and are looking to make a strong push as the season hits the halfway point.
Wright has been a part of the Dragon family since his early days and has helped provide inspiration and design feedback for our award winning sunglass line. He has his own signature sunglass color ways in the Jam and Remixstyles and was a key inspiration in the development of the H20 Floatable Collection, which has revolutionized sunglasses for those who live their lives in and around the water.
A huge congratulations to Mick Fanning on claiming his fourth WSL Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach title. Coming down to the wire, for the first time in WSL history the final finished in a tie and was ultimately decided on a count back with Fanning holding the highest single wave score for the final heat.
“Bells is a special place for me and it’s the first event I ever came to as a kid. The support and the crowds here are always amazing,” said Fanning after being chaired up the beach wearing the Dragon Marquis sunglasses. “Every time I paddle out I just want to do my best, throw myself into it and not have any regrets. Today is the first time a CT Final has ever been tied, which is radical.”
Fanning’s win ties Mark Richards and Kelly Slater with the most career victories at Bells Beach in the esteemed event’s 50-plus year history. It also marks his 20th career WSL victory, tying three-time World Champion Andy Irons.
“I’d never put myself in a category with MR (Mark Richards), Kelly Slater and Andy Irons,” said Fanning. “Those guys are my heroes. MR is a god, Kelly is a king and Andy is forever, it’s awesome.”
After the first two events of the 2015 WSL season, Fanning now shares the number one ranking, putting himself in a very good position to contend for his fourth World Title.
Elevating expectations for a lifestyle sunglass, Dragon introduces the new Shadow Collection for 2015. Consisting of three bold silhouettes – the DS1, DS2 and Mansfield – the Shadow Collection takes design cues from Dragon’s award winning Frameless Lens Technology with a unique shield lens that creates a sleek, sophisticated aesthetic. This is combined with hand-made, Italian crafted frames and the assurance of the premium quality Dragon is known for. The name aside, this distinctive collection is for those looking to set themselves apart from the crowd.
Many of Dragon’s top athletes like Owen Wright have been wearing the styles in this new collection. To see the Shadow Collection in person, check out one of our fine retail partners near you or go online to www.DragonAlliance.Com.
Mick Fanning Wins 2014 ASP J-Bay Open
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.