Aussie Mick Fanning won the first of his 15 world title event victories in 2001, when he secured the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria as a wildcard. The following year, his first full-time on the main tour, he finished fifth and was crowned Rookie of the Year. He already looked well on his way to a world title, but his ascension to the top was interrupted in 2004 by a hamstring tear, putting him out of action for six months. Mick dug deep and battled back to the top, finishing third in 2005 and 2006, and then putting together one of the most impressive competitive seasons of all time, winning three events, finishing runner-up in another and making four semi finals, to take the World Championship in 2007. He won the title again in 2009 at the year’s final event at Pipeline. Mick was born in Penrith, New South Wales on 13th June 1981. He learned to surf at the age of five, but only took the sport seriously after his family moved to Tweed Heads when he was twelve. He soon established himself as one the very best surfers in the country, placing in the top three at the 1996 Australian National Championships. For a number of seasons after winning his second world title in 2009, Mick struggled to find the consistency to challenge for the top spot. However, that all changed in 2013 with podium finishes galore, and, with three events of the season remaining, he currently lies in first place overall.
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