In an interview with AAP, Fanning discussed his current feelings on competing, not wanting to surf in the Olympics and much more:
"It's a matter of wanting it that bad that you wake up and dedicate your whole life to it. That's probably what's not there at the moment, which is fine. Definitely [retirement] in the next couple of years. There’s other things I want to do while I'm still able-bodied. I think there were just a few too many ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ as to whether I’d go down that path, you know, ‘am I done on tour?’ You know when it's time."
Fanning has had a tumultuous last two years. Having lost another brother, separating from his wife and nearly being eaten by a great white in a surf contest. These events have all combined to alter his outlook on the tour, as he had always been one of the most serious competitors.
He took 2016 as a personal year, and only did the events he wanted to. Seeing Mick Fanning go on free surfing trips was a delight, as he rediscovered that side of his surfing that he so rarely explored in his last 16 years on tour.
Fanning also ruled out seeking to compete in the 2020 Olympics. But he did say he’d like another run at a fourth world title, as well as hopefully winning the Pipe Masters. “Pipeline would be one. If I could win that, that would be the cherry on top of my whole career. Even though there's a few cherries already.”
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