Fanning wins his second Rip Curl Search (1st in 2005) against Bede Durbidge. The contest location in Portugal is known for it’s hollow long barrels called Supertubos, similar to Pipeline. Round 3 and the Quarter-finals had the best waves of the event with the large swell. The Semi-finals and Finals had a drop in swell but good enough to see the top three guys battle it out until to the end.
In the Semi-finals was Joel vs Bede and Mick vs Owen (wild-card and up and coming star to the ASP Tour next year). Bede won with a 14.60 over Joel’s 13.27 and Mick automatically advanced to the Final by Owen perforating his eardrum in the Quarter-finals against Damien.Â Mick won the heat and the contest with a 12.67 over Bede’s 9.87.
With this win, Mick is sitting in a pretty good spot for his second world title going into the last event at Pipeline. Joel is still and the only one left in the title race with Mick but needing a 3rd or better at Pipe depending on what Mick does to win. If Mick gets a 2nd or 1st, he clinches the world title.
Here are the facts…
– Fanning finishes 33rd through a 9th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 3rd or better to overtake.
– Fanning finishes 5th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 2nd or better to overtake.
– Fanning finishes 3rd at Pipeline, Parkinson needs win the event to overtake.
– Fanning finishes 2nd or better at Pipeline, he will clinch the 2009 ASP World Title.
Fanning said. â€œIâ€™m super pumped. Iâ€™m going to go home and relax for a couple of weeks and get ready for Pipe. Hopefully we get some big barrels like we did here and we have a real showdown.â€
â€œIn a few days when all the dust settles Iâ€™ll look back and see that I have come off the ankle injury and a few bad results, so just to get a third and back into form is a huge confidence boost,â€ Parkinson said. â€œThere is not a great deal of points between me and Mick coming into Pipe so itâ€™s still anybodyâ€™s to win.â€
This is going to be an exciting finish to the ASP World Tour 2009 at the Billabong Pipeline Masters Dec. 8th-20th, to see who will be crown Champion.
Check out some pictures from the event at Portugal.