Fanning and the WSL announced Monday that the three-time champ will be on the 2017 Tour schedule full time. “Even with the 2017 season looming, I wasn’t sure I was motivated enough to take part,” Fanning said. “However, like everyone else I’m getting super excited about this year’s line-up of surfers – it might be the best field from the top seed to number 34 we’ve ever had.
The important distinction here is that while Mick did surf in five events in 2016, he’d made a conscious choice to remove himself from the World Title race, just doing enough to requalify for 2017. “2015 was a tough year,” he said. “A lot happened to me on camera and in my personal life.
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