With only 5 minutes left on the clock and needing a 9. 57 to beat Nicol, Fanning rolled into a bomb and got spat out. He scored a 9. 7 and took his third and final world title.
In 2007 at the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro in Brazil, Fanning overtook Taj Burrow and Kelly Slater in the rankings and cemented his name into the long list of world champions–becoming the first Australian world champ since Mark Occilupo won in 1999.
After an amazing farewell performance at the 2018 Rip Curl Pro Bells and a second-place finish, Fanning takes a bow from his competitive career after leaving an unforgettable mark on surf history.
Fanning and fellow Coolangatta-based regularfoot dynamites Dean Morrison (middle) and Joel Parkinson (right) were oft referred to as the “Coolangatta Kids. ” In the early aughts, these three amigos were touted as the surf world’s most talented trio of friends.
Parkinson lost, bowing out of the tight race and handing Fanning his second world title.
In order to win his 3rd world title, Fanning had to make it through his quarterfinal heat against Yadin Nicol.
The 2015 Pipe Masters was an emotional one for Fanning, after learning of his brother’s passing and dealing with the title race going down to the wire.
Fanning nearly broke the internet at the beginning of 2017 when Rip Curl released a video titled “Ain’t No Wave Pool,” in which Fanning threaded barrel after dredging barrel at an undisclosed location.
Fanning, being chaired up the beach after claiming the 2009 Title by Parkinson and Morrison.
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