On a day when he was dealing with a melting pot of complex emotions Mick Fanning defeated the three best Pipeline surfers of the modern era – Jamie O’brien, Kelly Slater and and John John Florence, to keep his quest for a fourth world title alive.
Jamie adopted the bombs or nothing approach and ultimately floundered, forgetting that once you pull a singlet on it’s just about being the best guy for forty minutes. However, a 12. 14 (Mick’s combined score against Jamie) heat total was never going to suffice with both John John and Kelly in the same heat.
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