Mick Fanning’s path to surfing greatness has incorporated all the attributes of a champion. He has overcome personal tragedy, career-threatening injury and one of sport’s greatest competitive dynasties, in the form of American Kelly Slater, to reach surfing’s highest echelon three times.
In his first year on tour, aged 22, Mick finished an incredible 5th in the world, earning him the ASP Rookie of the Year award. In 2003 Mick climbed one step higher and finished 4th and many thought 2004 would be Mick’s year. However, a catastrophic freesurfing injury changed everything. Mick ripped his hamstring clean off the bone, was out of action for six months and left questioning whether he’d ever again surf competitively. His comeback to the world tour was a stirring win in front of 20,000 fans at his homebreak, Snapper Rocks.