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.
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.
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Congrats to Dragon team rider Chelsea Tuach for landing the October cover of Eastern Surfing Magazine. The image is part of a feature starring Chelsea and a crew of up-and-coming females ripping in El Salvador. On newsstands on the East Coast now.
Mick Fanning showed why he is the man to beat this ASP World Championship Tour season by taking the win at the Quiksilver Pro in France. The field of surfers were all hungry for a win as this event has heavy World Title implications going into the last two events of the 2013 season, but Mick remained poised and grabbed the lead in the Final over Gabriel Medina.
Dragon athlete Evan Geiselman took this year’s win at the 2013 Kona Pro Jax event in Jacksonville Beach, FL. In solid chest high surf Evan put on an unstoppable performance taking him to the final, even posting the 1st ever 10-point ride in the contest. With a $3,000 increase in the wallet and wearing his Dragon Viceroy sunglasses, Evan is all smiles. Check out the event recap here: http://bit.ly/GzKZ2f
An In-Form Mick Fanning
With Kelly and Parko falling, Mick has a chance to gain some serious ground in the world title race.