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Mick Fanning
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Personal Info
Birthdate 13 June 1981 (1981-06-13) (age 28)
BirthPlace Penrith, New South Wales, AustraliaAustralia
Residence Tweed Heads, New South Wales Australia
Height 175cm
Weight 75kg
Surfing Career
Years active 2002-present
Best year 2007, 2009
Career earnings $637,435
Sponsors Rip Curl Wetsuits and Clothing, Reef Footwear, Creatures of Leisure Accessories, Dragon Eyewear, Red Bull Energy Drinks, Zen Nutrition
Major achievements 2 times ASP World Champion 2007, 2009
Surfing specifications
Stance Natural (regular) foot
Quiver Five 6'1s a 6'3 and a 6'6
Favourite waves
Favourite maneuvers

Michael Eugene "Mick" Fanning (AKA White Lightning) is an Australian professional surfer and dual world champion. Fanning won both the 2007 and 2009 ASP World Tour.


Early Years

He was born in Penrith, New South Wales on June 13, 1981[1][2] to Irish parents.[3] Fanning learned to surf at the age of five in coastal New South Wales at a town called Ballina, 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. 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 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 victorious 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 best surfers on the ASP world tour.[5]

The year 2007 marked Fanning's sixth year on the Foster's 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 November 6, 2007 placing above Taj Burrow and Kelly Slater therefore clinching the 2007 ASP world title[6]. 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 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.[7]

Private Life

Fanning is married to model Karissa Dalton.

Career Victories

  • 2009
    • ASP World Tour 2009[8]
    • Hurley Pro Trestles[9]
    • RipCurL Pro Search - Portugal[10]
    • ASP World Champion
    • Quiksilver Pro, Gold coast - Australia
    • Quiksilver Pro France[9]
    • Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro- Brazil
  • 2007
    • ASP World Tour 2007
  • 2006
    • Billabong Pro, Jeffreys Bay - South Africa
    • Nova Schin Festival, Imbituba - Brazil
  • 2005
    • Rip Curl Search, Saint Leu - Reunion Island
    • Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast - Australia
    • Energy Australia Open, Newcastle - Australia (ASP WQS)
  • 2002
    • Billabong Pro, Jeffreys Bay - South Africa
  • 2001
    • Rip Curl Pro, Bell's Beach, Torquay - Australia
  • Non Foster's ASP World Tour Victories:
    • 3 ASP WQS


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  3. ^ Interview in Tonnta the Irish Surf Magazine issue no. 28, 2008
  4. ^ Surf For Your Life - the biography of Mick Fanning by Mick Fanning & Tim Baker, Published by Random House Australia,2009 ISBN:9781741669275
  5. ^ Surf For Your Life - the biography of Mick Fanning by Mick Fanning & Tim Baker, Published by Random House Australia,2009 ISBN:9781741669275
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  7. ^ Mick Fanning crowned ASP World Champion in perfect surf at Pipeline by By Murray Wardrop, Daily Telgraph, 13 Dec 2009 [1]
  8. ^ Abrams, Micah (2009-12-14). "Mick Fanning wins ASP world title". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  9. ^ a b "Fanning wins ASP surf tourney in France". United Press International. 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  10. ^ "Fanning Wins Rip Curl Pro Search". CNN Sports Illustrated. TransWorld Surfing. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 


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