According to Tracks Magazine, Mick Fanning won’t be competing at the last event of the 2011 ASP World Tour which is the highly anticipated Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons. Unlike most of the world’s top surfers, Fanning still hasn’t traveled to Hawaii for the winter surf season and is still at home inÂ New South Wales,Â Australia. The reason for Mick’s withdrawal is an apparent neck injury.
Fanning who is never one to turn down competition, especially at one of the most exciting waves in the world is doing what he needs to do to make sure he’s healthy and ready to go for next year’s tour. He currently sits at number 11 in the world rankings, so other then surfing some great waves Mick has nothing really to gain byÂ surfing at the Pipeline Masters.
Mick had the following to say to Tracks Magazine yesterday.
â€œItâ€™s just one of those things.Â It (the injury) is going to take time to heal â€“ and it’s not helping surfing everyday. Iâ€™ve had it since Tahiti â€“ Iâ€™ve tried a few different things to fix it but (weâ€™ve come to the conclusion) the only thing that will work is rest.â€
The injury is said to only be a bulged disc and Mick has already been in contact with the ASP to notify them of his withdrawal. I’m surprised that the ASP has yet to make a statement giving all the “pulling out” of events that has taken place this year.
The Billabong Pipe Masters is the last event of the 2011 ASP World Tour and also the last event of the 2011 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. The 12 day waiting period runs from December 8th to December 20th.
We’ll have a preview along with the heat draws and who will replacing Mick Fanning at Pipe as the event gets closer.