She now puts herself in a great position to hunt down her seventh World Title in the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey.
“It was such an emotional build-up to this moment and it is incredible,” said Gilmore. “I feel like all the focus is on Mick (Fanning), and it didn’t really matter what happened with the rest of the event – it was like I could sneak in and get a little ding ding and no one would even care! It took the pressure off. “The most stressful moments of my heats were right when Mick was paddling out for his heat, and it eased the pressure seeing how calm and relaxed he was despite all the pressure on him.
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3x World Champion Mick Fanning has just announced his retirement from the WSL World Championship Tour. He will surf the first two events of the 2018 season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, and will retire from competitive surfing on the CT after his final heat in the famous Bells Bowl.
“I feel like I’ve just lost the drive to compete day-in day-out now,” says Mick. “It’s been something I’ve been doing for 17 years, and even before that through QS and Juniors, and I feel that I just can’t give it 100 per cent anymore. I’m just not enjoying it as much as I was in the past. I still love surfing, and I’m still super excited by it, but I feel that’s there’s other paths for me to take at this stage in my life.
“As for choosing to retire at Bells, I’ve always had in mind that my last event on Tour was going to be Bells. That’s basically where I started my career, it was my first ever CT win, and I feel really connected down there.”
Mick first joined the World Tour in 2002, after winning his first CT event as a wildcard entry at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. It was a win that pushed him up into the elite levels of surfing, and a win that put his name on the map as a man who was going to make history.
In 2003, his first year on Tour, he won at Jeffrey’s Bay – a wave that went on to become one of his pet events – as well as one of the most pivotal moments in his career, and life, when he was attacked by a shark during the Final heat of the event in 2015.
In 2004, after two years of being on the World Tour, Mick sustained a career-threatening injury while surfing in the Mentawais, tearing his hamstring off the bone and putting him out of the water for months. But rather than give up, Mick took this injury and used it as motivation to come back even stronger. He was back competing on the World Tour by 2005, and just three years later won his first World Title.
Over the course of his career Mick has been through more than most of us could imagine. He’s seen both personal triumph and personal tragedy under the scrutiny of the public eye, worked through injuries that would have ended others’ careers, and punched a shark on live television, coming out completely physically unscathed.
Throughout all of that, he has won 3x World Championship Titles, 22x World Tour events, and completed 16 career tours.
“After so many years on tour, it’s been so fun,” says Mick. “It’s been a rollercoaster for sure, you have your peaks and valleys, but you know, when I look back on my time on tour it’s amazing memories – from building myself up to compete, to heat wins and event wins, celebrating with friends and just seeing places I never thought I’d even get to.”
From everyone here at DHD we are fortunate to have shared the journey and honoured that you have made us part of it. You are the major reason behind DHD’s success and make us all walk taller.
Congratulations on an incredible career, we can’t wait to begin the next chapter with you.
The Billabong Pipe Masters, the final stop on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), kicked off today with incredible Pipeline barrels in solid eight-to-ten foot for the opening round of competition.
Check out the full quiver size break downs and photos highlights of Pre-Pipe Masters so far.
DNA / 5’11 x 18 5/8 x 2 5/16 at 27.22L #ProSeries with Futures
Steph Gilmore surfing was on point in the Roxy Pro Quarterfinals heat but ran out of time to put the score together against long time rival Carissa Moore
“Surfing against Carissa you have to get two nines to win basically and I knew that,” Gilmore said.
“I had one semi-decent score but I never really felt comfortable. It’s really disappointing to get that score and feel good about it and to paddle back out and just see Carissa stroke into the dreamiest wave. I knew it was over, she doesn’t falter under pressure like that.”
Gilmore recorded 6.50 and 7.67 for a total of 14.17 while Moore’s decisive wave gave her a total of 16.13.
DNA – 5′ 9″ x 18 1/8″ x 2 3/16″ at 24L with FCS II
The Southern California pointbreak provides the perfect stage to progress in this year’s World Title races between Matt Wilkinson & Stephanie Gilmore. Both already having worn the Yellow Leaders Jersey through out the first half of the season are locked on, focused and determinate on taking out the title.
Check out the DHD team taking over the Trestles lineup and find out what is in their quivers for the event.
DNA – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.25L FCS II DNA – 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 DNA – 6’1 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.75L DNA – 6’1 1/2 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.95L Ducksnuts – 6’3 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 – 28.95L *Round Tail
Stance: Goofy footer
Mick Fanning was unstoppable taking out the JBAY event in 2016 on his swallowtail, channel bottom that worked to perfection. This time around there is a new found hunger and is more determined that ever to retain the win. Height: 177cm
DNA – 5’10 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 – 26.2L DNA – 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 – 26.26L DNA – 5’11 1/2 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 – 26.4L DNA – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4 – 26.5L JBAY – 5’9 x 18 7/8 x 2 5/16 – 26.8L with a swallow tail, channel bottom & super light 4 x 4 glassing. Ducksnuts – 6’0 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4
With today’s win, 6 X WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore moves into World No. 1 and joins the likes of Kelly Slater, Mark Richards and Fanning as a four-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event winner, a testament to her strength and style in the water.