Mick Fanning heeft in de spannendste finale in de geschiedenis van Rip Curl Bells Beach zijn tegenstander Kelly Slater verslagen in mooie offshore condities.

Het was een super spannende strijd die liet zien dat beide surfers erg aan elkaar gewaagd zijn. Maar uiteindelijk was het Mick Fanning die de overwinning wist te pakken.

“I’m so pumped,” vertelt Mick Fanning. “Kelly (Slater) did that Hail Mary for the 10 and I thought, ‘oh, here we go.’ I just caught waves and I’m stoked it all paid off. I’m really at a loss for words and I’m just pumped. It doesn’t get any sweeter. The crowd’s been amazing with the whole amphitheater and the history that comes with it. I always picture this event and have had some seconds over the years, so to get this one, I’m so pumped.”

“I’m just stoked because it’s been so long,” Aldus Mick Fanning. “It doesn’t seem strange that it’s taken so long to win another one when you’ve got guys like Joel (Parkinson), Jordy (Smith) and Kelly (Slater) on tour and I usually come up just a bit short. Usually against Joel, but I got him today!”

Kelly Slater wist ondanks een perfecte 10 het niet te winnen.

“I was moving around trying to get active and I was just finding my feet,” Aldus Kelly Slater. “I knew Mick (Fanning) was going to be real patient. I knew he got that start and then I tried to talk to him and he put his serious head on and pissed me off, so I thought I’d throw a big rotator on him and it wasn’t enough. That was pretty exciting for me. Even when he had the 9 and 8-something, I had a feeling I was in it. I felt like something good was going to come my way and it started to. I had one more chance and that was about it. I knew it was going to be a bit of a struggle with the waves out there, with the long intervals and long lulls, but that’s just the way it goes.”

Met zijn tweede plaats staat Kelly Slater weer op nummer 1 van de ASP World Championship Tour.

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