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Dragon supports World Mental Health Day

Mental health affects everyone and mental health disorders are really common (each year 1 in 4 young people experience one so if that’s you or someone you know you’re not alone). For something so widespread in our society we want to change how little it gets spoken about.

Did you know that the stigma that presently surrounds mental health disorders can prevent or delay people (i.e. you, your mates, your family, workmates and community) seeking out the support they need?

As part of World Mental Health Day, Dragon Australia has created this video featuring Dragon athletes Mick Fanning, Owen Wright and Adrian Buchan in the hope of getting a positive conversation going. We encourage you to watch and share so that together we can get the ball rolling on normalizing this topic.

Mick Fanning inducted into Surfers’ Hall of Fame

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Dragon surfer Mick Fanning has been inducted into the prestigious Surfers’ Hall of Fame today in Huntington Beach, California. The ceremony was held outside of Huntington Surf and Sport, where Fanning was cemented, literally, into the Hall of Fame. He had his hand and foot impressions cast into the cement that will lay in Surf City forever.

“It’s a huge honor,” Fanning says of the HOF nod. “You sort of go through your surfing career, and a lot of the time, you’re focused on creating results for yourself and you don’t really look at the outside awards. But it’s a huge honor to be recognized.”

The Australian is no stranger to awards throughout his storied career. He’s been named Australia’s Male Surfer of the Year six times and was recently appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia. Additionally, Mick has captured three World Championship Tour titles—in 2007, 2009, and 2013.

“Mick has always shown the heart of a champion and [represented] surfing in the most positive way,” Aaron Pai, founder of the Surfers’ Hall of Fame said earlier. “We are honored to be able to thank Mick for his achievements and contributions to our sport.”

photo: Ryan Miller

photo: Ryan Miller

The Hall of Fame ceremony took place during the US Open of Surfing, one of the largest surf gatherings in the US. “I usually try and avoid Huntington because it’s so hectic [laughs],” joked Fanning. “But [this is] a very huge honor.” Mick joins Bethany Hamilton to make up the illustrious HOF class of 2017.

Fanning is in the midst of his 16th World Championship Tour season, having just finished with a 5th place at Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa. Next he’ll be headed to Teahupo’o, Tahiti for CT #7.

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Frame of Mind: Mick Fanning

As he gets ready to do battle in J-Bay on the Championship Tour, we wanted to drop the Frame of Mind video for Mick Fanning. Get a quick look into what drives the 3-time World Champion and how he spends a little bit of his time.

Frame of Mind is an open source, creative platform for what drives you. There are no definitions, no boundaries and no restrictions. It’s a channel for your creative passions. This is Mick Fanning’s, now go find yours.

Watch more Frame of Mind videos:

Rob Machado // Evan Geiselman // Danny Davis // Jossi Wells // Blake Paul // Chris Benchetler // Jason Anderson // Nate Adams

 

Mick Fanning in love with Kelly Slater’s Wave Pool

Recently between World Championship Tour stops, Dragon surfer Mick Fanning headed down the Kelly Slater’s remarkable wave pool, to try out the man-made wave himself. After which, he jokingly remarked, “I’m not leaving.” Better to let Mick and the wave do the talking. See below in the Instagram from the Kelly Slater Wave Pool account.

WSL Tour Heads To JBay; How We Got Here

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Photo: Miller

As the World Surf League Championship Tour his the unofficial halfway point (there are 11 stops this year) as the guys head to Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa, let’s take a quick look at how we got here. An uneven first half for the Dragon surfers may seem less than ideal as we get ready to kick off stop six, they are very much in the title race.

Owen Wright—who made his triumphant return to competitive surfing after a devastating injury late in 2015—has exceeded everyone’s expectations and currently finds himself tied for 3rd place in the points standings. After a monumental and emotional win at Snapper Rocks to start the year, Owen has been consistently in the top 9, save for an uncharacteristically early exit in Fiji. The lanky goofy-footer looks to improve in J-Bay, as he sits within striking distance of Tour leader and good friend Matt Wilkinson.

Last year’s J-Bay champion, Mick Fanning, had a rough start to the year, but after making some adjustments and making the best of some down time, he has put together some strong performances. A solid performance from Fanning in South Africa would propel him into the top 10. He has his work cut out for him, but a strong second half wouldn’t be out of the question for the 3-time World Champion.

Adrian “Ace” Buchan sits in the middle of the points leaderboard (16th) after a string of disappointing finishes, yet the results are highlighted by a 2nd place finish in Brazil at the Oi Rio Pro. The Australian has years of experience and will likely lean on it as he looks to turn on the jets on the back nine.

The outlook for Dragon’s stable of surfers is a bit uneven, but with six events left and plenty of points available in a wide open title race, look for Owen, Mick and Ace to make a move. The Corona Open at J-Bay waiting period kicks off July 12th. Visit the World Surf League event site for streams, results and information.

photo: Miller

Mick Triumphs at Trestles

MICK TRIUMPHS AT TRESTLES

…and sets himself up for a run at a fourth World Title race.

Mick Fanning Wins the 2015 Hurley ProAfter 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.

A Behind The Scenes Look at Mick Fanning’s JBay Shark Attack

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.”  

Mick Fanning rings the bell as he wins win Rip Curl Pro

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.”

279c1ce7-5b99-4d5b-978e-f39af82228cdFanning’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.

Mick Fanning Wins 2014 ASP J-Bay Open

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.

Fanning is a Man on a Mission

Mick Fanning Wins 2013 Quiksilver Pro France

Mick Fanning Wins 2013 Quiksilver Pro France

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.

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