Fanning fired up & focused in Portugal
Mick Fanning raring to go
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 October, 2012 : - - Mick Fanning will be hoping to show his class on the infamous sand-bottom barrels of Supertubos. The Aussie surfer was leading the tour until an uncharacteristic early exit from the Quiksilver Pro France last week. The result in France may have put Mick behind title rivals Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater, but the two-time ASP World Champion knows there’s plenty more points still out in the surf.
“It’s definitely exciting. I’ve never been in a Title race with so many people so close, it’s definitely something new. I stumbled a little bit and had an absolute shocker in France, but those things happen and you just got to try and bounce back. You know I enjoy it down here in Peniche, it’s a really cool place and hopefully we get good waves and have a good time.
Mick revealed that there will be no elobrate tactics employed in an effort to claim his third tour title. The Aussie is just going to do what he always does, go out there and surf his heart out. “With how close that title race is right now, it’s a matter of having a look at what the other guys are doing and they all had good results in the last two events, so I just got to give it my all and hopefully I can be up there in the end and on that finals day I can do the best I can.”
Supertubos delivered phenomenal conditions during last year’s competition and the event remains etched into the mind of Mick Fanning and the world’s best surfers. “I guess what we saw last year of Supertubes was extremely World Class. That was the beautiful side of it, we saw the ugly side of it a few years ago, but I think that’s the good thing you never know what’s going to show up, but if it turns on it’s definitely up there with some of the best beachbreaks in the world.”
Mick will be up against his fellow Aussie Kieren Perrow as well as tube specialist Dusty Payne of Hawaii in his round one heat. The first heat of the day will see defending Rip Curl Pro Portugal winner Adriano de Souza back in action. The Brazilian will be hoping to shake off the cobwebs against his countryman Raoni Monteiro and Brett Simpson from the States.
“France was not a good event for me but that happens and you shake it off and focus on the next one. I love coming to Portugal. The people here are very supportive and it feels like a second home for me. To win last year, in those conditions, was such an incredible moment for me. It was one of the highlights of my career. I’m very excited about returning to Portugal.” After a lay day was called on Wednesday at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal the event organisers are hopeful the right conditions will soon be in place to get some swell action underway
Source: Red Bull
Author: The Editors
Tags: Mick Fanning, Rip Curl, Red Bull, Portugal