Mick Fanning: strong and powerful

Australian surfers are dominating the mid-rounds of the 2013 Breaka Burleigh Pro, at Burleigh Heads, as competition enters the final stage.


Mick Fanning took a dramatic, last-minute victory after posting an 8.6 and a 5.83 in the final stages of the heat, besting Adam Melling, Matt Banting and Caio Ibelli.

"That was a tough way to get through. I just could not find the right wave for the entire first part of the heat and then finally in the last minute I found one - it’s a pressure situation but that’s good for me mentally", said a relieved Mick Fanning.

Bede Durbidge, Ricardo Christie, Mitch Crews, Owen Wright, Brent Dorrington, Thomas Woods and Alejo Muniz have also won their Round 5 heats and are through to the quarterfinals.

Sally Fitzgibbons posted the highest combined two-wave total of the Breaka Burleigh Pro to date to impressively win her Round Of 12 heat and advance to quarter finals.

"It's a really nice way to start the morning. I had a few waves in a warm up session early so I was pretty confident that we would get plenty of opportunity for high scoring waves", says Fitzgibbons.

"In the off season I did try to think of ways to work on progressive manoeuvres, and we did play around in a wave pool and a bunch of different locations that would provide the suitable sections", she adds.