Fanning Claims Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Posted: Apr 23,2014 Written by  ASP

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Mick Fanning. Photo: ASP

Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.83 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.46

April 22, 2014 - The final between Australian icons Mick Fanning and Taj Burrow got off to a slow start with dwindling swell at Winkipop, but there was no shortage of action throughout the 35 minute affair.

Burrow logged a few small scores, while Fanning waited patiently for a quality set wave. Fanning would not falter on his opening ride, surgically dismantling the righthander for an excellent 8.83. The reigning two-time ASP World Champion's precision continued, adding an additional 8.00 to his scoreline.

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Taj Burrow. Photo: ASP

Burrow was in need of big scores entering the back half of the heat and the veteran would deliver, blitzing a steep wall with tail-drifting turns for a near-perfect 9.63, clawing his way back in to the heat. But with no notable set to match, Fanning was able to use priority to his advantage for the remainder of the heat, holding on to claim his third Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach title.

SF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.43 def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.43

For the final heats of competition, event organizers relocated nearby to the high-performance wave of Winkipop to crown the 2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Men's Champion. Progressive standouts Taj Burrow and John John Florence took to the water first, with Burrow establishing an early lead of an 8.33.

Florence looked deadly, smashing a 7.33 of his own, but Burrow's backup of a 6.10 saw the veteran advance to the Final over the young Hawaiian.

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John John Florence. Photo: ASP

SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.20 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.36

Julian Wilson struck first in what would turn in to a shootout for the remaining Final slot against reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning.

Wilson locked in the first of several excellent scores to open the heat with an 8.00, quickly backing up the ride with a 6.33.

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Fanning in the Winner's Circle. Photo: ASP

Fanning would not be cowed, however, battling back and unloading a ferocious assault of forehand gouges, netting an 8.77 and 9.43. Wilson's attack continued to the end of the heat, but his last-ditch effort fell short of the near-perfect ride needed.

Wilson claimed an Equal 3rd and Fanning went on to win the Final.

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