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Fanning crowned ASP World Champion :: Slater wins Pipe Masters :: Florence takes Triple Crown

December 15th, 2013
Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, with his third ASP World Championship Title trophy  Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, with his third ASP World Championship Title trophy Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Spectacular three to four metre waves at Pipeline in Hawaii provided the platform for an historic final day to the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) season as Mick Fanning (AUS) was crowned the ASP World Surfing Champion for the third time, Kelly Slater (USA) won his seventh Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons title and John John Florence (HAW) clinched his second Vans Triple Crown of Surfing award earlier today.

Needing to reach the semi-finals of the yearend event to secure the World Title or risk having Slater, 41, overtake him by winning the event, Fanning, 32, produced two nail-biting, last minute, come-from-behind heat victories in Round 5 and the quarter-finals to secure the crown before Slater even took to the surf on the final day.

Fanning joins surfing legends Tom Curren (USA) and Andy Irons (HAW) as a three-time world champion, a record surpassed only by Australian Mark Richards (4) and Slater with 11 titles.

“I’ve never put myself in the same circles as Tom Curren and Andy Irons,” Fanning said. “Tom is such an enigma and was so instrumental in injecting style into our sport. Andy … what hasn’t been said about Andy? He was such a legend and he was such a good friend. I’m honoured to be a part of this group. I was happy with one title and I was overwhelmed with two. With three? I don’t have words for that.”

Slater did everything expected of his charge for an unprecedented 12th World Title today, leaving 2012 Triple Crown Champion, Sebastian Zietz (HAW), and 2012 World Champion and defending Pipe Masters champion, Joel Parkinson (AUS), needing to replace both their counting scores in his quarter- and semi-final match-ups respectively.

Slater went on to defeat Florence, 21, in a hard-fought, 35-minute Final that ended with less than half-a-point separating the two.

“It was a strange final,” Slater said. “John John (Florence) and I both waited for a while and neither of us really got a score until late in the match. I knew it was going to be a sprint and it was probably a little advantageous not to have priority in the final as I was able to go for a lot of waves instead of wait for those that took a while to eventuate.”
With the biggest crowds ever witnessed packing the beach at Pipeline, and the gravitas of Slater’s 56th elite tour victory apparent, the greatest athlete the sport has ever produced was emotional on the final day of 2013.

“Last year, someone asked me what excited me in the end years of my career and I said I would like to surf a final at Pipe against John John (Florence) so that’s pretty special today,” Slater said. “To win is even better. I want to surf against the best surfers at the best waves – that’s why I’m on tour. I was obviously emotional today, especially after Mick (Fanning) clinched the title in the quarters. I don’t know what happens for me in 2014 but I think that has pissed me off just enough to come back.”

Speculation surrounding Slater’s eventual departure from the ‘Sport of Hawaiian Kings’ has been present at the season-ending event for the past several years, often supported by questions regarding motivation, legacy and physicality. The iconic American addressed these rumours unprompted today while on stage collecting his seventh Billabong Pipe Masters trophy.

“Today was one of the most special days in my life,” Slater continued. “It’s a day I have dreamed about since I was a little kid – big, perfect, West-angled Pipeline and a showdown at the Pipe Masters. If I had stepped away from the sport five years ago, I wouldn’t have had today. I want more days like this so I’m definitely back next year.”

Today marked John John Florence’s second Vans Triple Crown Title in three years, but his runner-up finish in the final event forces him to hang on to his life-long dream of one day hoisting the Pipe Masters trophy. The youngster, who lives right at Pipe, battled Slater with a series of exciting exchanges during the final 10 minutes, coming painfully close.

“This is my second Triple Crown but it feels pretty special,” Florence said. “The first year, I wasn’t really thinking about it. I was young and just having fun. This year, I came into the Triple Crown wanting to win it, but I honestly didn’t think I had a chance until we got to the final day at Pipe. This result has me motivated for next year. It’s eating my inside how close I was, but I’m still stoked.”

South Africa’s Jordy Smith, who missed the final event of the year due to an injury to his big-toe suffered at the penultimate event in Portugal in October, finished 2013 ranked No 4 on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings, up eight places from his 2012 ranking.

Compatriot Travis Logie, who placed 25th at Pipeline, ended the year ranked No. 25 and will join the world’s top 34 ranked surfers on the 2014 ASP WCT thanks to his top 10 finish in the ASP Qualifying Series rankings. The top 32 on the rankings plus two ASP wildcards for next year will be announced tomorrow.

Highlights from the Billabong Pipe Masters are available via www.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com

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BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 16.37
2 – John John Florence (HAW) 15.90

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 18.30 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 5.00
SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.63 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.84

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.03 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 16.90
QF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 16.77 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.00
QF 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.80 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 7.80
QF 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.83 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 6.00

BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.00 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.50
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.67 def. Nat Young (USA) 7.26
Heat 3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.60 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 4.33
Heat 4: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.27 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.76

2013 ASP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR (WCT) RANKINGS – FINAL
1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 54 400 points
2. Kelly Slater (USA) 54 150
3. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 48 450
4. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 43 150
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 42 900
6. Julian Wilson (AUS) 40 950
7. Kai Otton (AUS) 39 600
8. Nat Young (USA) 38 000
9. Josh Kerr (AUS) 36 100
10. John John Florence (HAW) 35 150

25. Travis Logie (ZAF) 14 700

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About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the recognized world governing body of professional surfing and has been crowning surfing’s undisputed World Champions since 1976. The ASP sanctions and crowns World Champions for the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Junior Tour, ASP World Longboard and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts and other media platforms. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

 

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