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2009 ASP World Champion Mick Fanning. Photo: Noyle/SPL
2009 ASP World Champion Mick Fanning. Photo: Noyle/SPL

Mick Fanning Wins His Second ASP World Title

In what was one of the most dramatic ASP World Title races since the days of Kelly versus Andy, Mick Fanning made a remarkable late season run of the table, winning an incredible three out of the last five events. What made it all the more interesting was that early in the year, Fanning’s good friend and fellow Coolangatta resident Joel Parkinson won three of the first five events. Going into the final event at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, all eyes were on the two at surfing’s most hallowed battleground. In the end, Parko was unable to get past an event wildcard, Gavin Gillette from Kauai, and the title was Mick’s. To add even more drama to the storyline, Parko was in the water with Mick by virtue of the overlapping heat format that was being used and he was the first one to paddle up to Mick to congratulate him. According to a source who was right there in the water, Parko was quick to remind Mick things would have been different had he not injured his ankle mid-season…—Justin Coté

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