Fanning world champ again
SURFING: The Billabong Pipeline Masters in Hawaii had plenty of magical moments.
But none better than Mick Fanning claiming his second World Title after Joel Parkinson was knocked out in round three of the event.
Joel lost his heat to Hawaiian wildcard Gavin Gillett and knew his world title aspirations were over for 2009.
After being knocked out, Joel watched his rival Mick Fanning’s round four match up against another one of his best mates Dean Morrison.
The three friends have been through loads together and it was magical to see them all in the water together rather than on the sand.
With Mick winning the world title and Stephanie Gilmore claiming the women’s world title again, they join current World Longboard champ Harley Ingelby from Emerald Beach as the 2009 champs.
These figures are fairly astounding for next year’s world tours in the men’s and women’s pro tour.
Aussie men competing on the World Championship Tour will make up a massive 46.7 per cent of the tour.
The USA is barely scratching at our barrel with only 22.2 per cent of the Tour’s surfers. The Aussie women also dominate their field with a massive 41 per cent and the Hawaiian’s wahines closest at 17.7 per cent.
Also Aussie junior Dean Bowen won the World Junior Title in the boys and also Tyler Wright (Owen Wright’s sister) won the World Junior title in the girls.
The Australian team won the amateur world title in Ecuador earlier this year with Hawaii and Brazil second and third.
It has been quite some time, possibly since the Tom Carroll and Mark Richards days, that we have seen so much success.