After a tense final and the need to revert to a tieback Mick Fanning made it two in a row and has been crowned the winner of the 2015 Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach. In conditions that had vastly improved Mick fought against the 2013 winner Adriano de Souza and for the first time ever the two finished with equal heat scores. The win at Bells for Mick now puts him in joint first place on the tour with Filipe Toledo and 2015 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for the World Tour.
Anyone watching the action unfold will have seen that Mick had a steely determination in his surfing and from the off in the quarterfinals, looked hungry. After dispatching Jordy Smith in the best of the quarterfinal heats he went on to surf against Nat Young who was looking to make a Bells final for a second time.
Conditions improved as the event went on and the final saw the cleanest surf of the day, but it wasn’t all plain sailing for Mick who after 20 minutes hadn’t even registered a score on the board. When Mick finally found his gear he was 13.83 points behind Adriano and the pair traded waves, eventually seeing them both finish with 15.27. The win was awarded to Fanno following a count back to find the highest scoring single wave – an 8.17.
The win at Bells Beach makes it four in total for Mick and he becomes only the 3rd surfer to have collected the Rip Curl Pro four times, equalling Mark Richards and Kelly Slater. It also puts Mick joint first on the tour with Filipe Toledo and the two head the table with 15200 points each. The Women’s event is on hold until this evening (UK time) and is wide open with Carissa Moore hoping to emulate Mick and lift back to back Bells titles.
The highlight from the final of the Men’s 2015 Rip Curl Pro is embedded below and we would like to congratulate Mick on his fourth Bells win. Do you think the countback is the way to decide a final or should the two have gone back out for one last ride? Or can you suggest another way should a draw ever occur again in a final?