Mick Fanning

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Mick Fanning
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Personal information
Born 13-06-1981 (age 42)
Birth place Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Birth name Michael Eugene Fanning
Nickname Mick, White Lightning
Residence Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.77m
Weight 75kg
Surfing specifications
Stance Natural (regular) foot
Sponsors Rip Curl Wetsuits and Clothing, Reef Footwear, Creatures of Leisure Accessories, Dragon Eyewear, Red Bull Energy Drinks, Zen Nutrition, Scullcandy, FCS fins
Major achievements 3 times ASP World Champion 2007, 2009 and 2013
6 times Australian Male Surfer of the Year 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
Shaper(s) Darren Handley and Wade Tokoro
Quiver 5 11" x 18 5/8 x2 1/4
Favorite waves any pointbreak
Favorite maneuvers Hacks and tubes
Website mickfanning.com

Michael Eugene "Mick" Fanning, nicknamed "White Lightning", is an Australian professional surfer and triple world champion. Fanning won the 2007, 2009 and 2013 ASP World Tour.

Early years

He was born in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia on 13 June 1981[1][2] to Irish parents.[3] Fanning learned to surf at the age of 5 in coastal South Australia at a town called Mt Gambier, but did not go full on until his family moved to Tweed Heads when he was twelve. He grew up with fellow professional surfer, Joel Parkinson and fellow ripper Nat West. On the edge of the Queensland border, Fanning had access to epic surf north and south and he began to make a name for himself. In 1996 he established himself as one of the very best surfers to rule the Queensland points by placing in the top three at the Australian National Titles. But, tragedy stuck in 1998 when his brother Sean died in a car accident along with fellow surfer Joel Green.[4]

Pro career

He was also caring when he took a wild card entry at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in 2001 winning one of Australia's most acclaimed contests. He finished 2002 as rookie of the year winning the Billabong Pro at Jeffrey's Bay and earning himself a slot on the 2002 tour as the World Qualifying Series' (WQS) Champion.

He suffered a complete hamstring tear in 2004. He had to have it surgically repaired and made an incredible comeback to become one of the greatest surfers on the ASP world tour.[4]

The year 2007 marked Fanning's sixth year on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour since 2002 and his ninth year on the ASP WQS since 1998. He began his 2007 World Title campaign (WCT) with a victory at the Quiksilver Pro, the first event on the Foster's ASP World Tour, putting himself on top of the ratings. He won the Santa Catarina Pro in Brazil on 6 November 2007 placing above Taj Burrow and Kelly Slater therefore clinching the 2007 ASP world title.[2] In 2008 he suffered a mid-season groin injury. He slipped to eighth position on the end of year ratings. In 2009, Mick Fanning reclaimed his ASP World Champion crown at the famous Pipeline reef break on Oahu’s North Shore. Although Fanning was knocked out by fellow Australian Dean Morrison in Round 4, his points lead from winning three of the last four events was enough to secure victory. He then clinched it again in 2013 with a comeback victory in both round five, as well as the quarter-finals at Pipeline.[5]

According to an interview with WideWorld magazine, Fanning's favourite surf spots in Australia include Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast, Bells Beach in Victoria and Gnarloo in Western Australia.[6]

Private life

Fanning is married to model Karissa Dalton.[7]

Career victories

ASP World Tour Wins
Year Event Venue Country
2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Bells Beach Template:AUS
2013 Quiksilver Pro France Hossegor Template:FRA
2012 Billabong Pro Teahupoo Teahupoo, Tahiti Template:PYF
2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Bells Beach Template:AUS
2010 Quiksilver Pro France Hossegor Template:FRA
2009 Hurley Pro Trestles[8] Trestles Template:USA
2009 RipCurl Pro Search[9] Peniche Template:POR
2009 Quiksilver Pro France[8] Hossegor Template:FRA
2007 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast Template:AUS
2007 Quiksilver Pro France Hossegor Template:FRA
2007 Hang Loose Pro Santa Catarina Template:BRA
2006 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay Template:RSA
2006 Nova Schin Festival Imbituba Template:BRA
2005 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast Template:AUS
2005 Rip Curl Pro Search Saint Leu, Reunion Island Template:FRA
2002 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay Template:RSA
2001 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Bells Beach Template:AUS
  • Non ASP World Tour Victories:
    • 3 ASP WQS


  1. http://www.aspworldtour.com/2010/profiles_men.asp
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.redbullsurfing.com/riders/mick-fanning/
  3. Interview in Tonnta the Irish Surf Magazine issue no. 28, 2008
  4. 4.0 4.1 Surf For Your Life – the biography of Mick Fanny by Mick Fanny & Tim Baker, Published by Random House Australia,2009 ISBN 978-1-74166-927-5
  5. Mick Fanning crowned ASP World Champion in perfect surf at Pipeline by Murray Wardrop, Daily Telegraph, 13 Dec 2009 [1]
  6. Mick Fanny's best surf breaks
  7. Template:Cite news
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fanning wins ASP surf tourney in France. United Press International. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
  9. Fanning Wins Rip Curl Pro Search. CNN Sports Illustrated. TransWorld Surfing. Retrieved 2010-03-14.

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