Mick Fanning: sharp and focused

Top surfers stood out in the Round of 32 of the Reef Hawaiian Pro 2013, at Haleiwa, Hawaii.


Michel Bourez topped the heat scores with 18.47 points out of 20 (9.87, 8.6). Five years ago, he scored the first major victory of his career here.

"It's a really special place because it was the first time that I won, you know. Every year when I come back here I feel a good vibe, positive vibe, so that's why I'm still here, every year", says Bourez.

"If you don't win the world title the Triple Crown is the next trophy to get. It's really something that everybody comes to Hawaii to win. It's something really special for everyone, for sure."

Dane Reynolds also looked interested and highly competitive today. His two wave total of 18.27 points out of 20 (9.47, 8.8) consisted of precise and powerful maneuvering on a board he shaped himself.

"I just wanted to make sure I wasn't a walk over, you know? Definitely your first couple of waves matter a lot for confidence. I've just been surfing a ton of the North Shore. It's only been in the last week my hand isn't bothering me", says the Ventura surfer.

"I broke it about two and a half months ago, so I'm just trying to get lots of water time and feel confident on my surfboard. Surfing heats against really good surfers like that definitely will help you snap back into it quicker".

Mick Fanning jettisoned back home for a brief Australian respite. It paid off, providing him with more surf than anyone here could find, keeping him fresh and sharp for his Vans Triple Crown campaign.

"I actually flew home and was lucky enough that out front of my house there was a perfect little left - exactly the same as this, so I was actually training while everyone was here", says Fanning.

Reef Hawaiian Pro 2013 | Round of 32

Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.43pts ; Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 13.60pts ; Dylan Goodale (HAW) 12.00pts ; Nat Young (USA) 11.50pts
Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.03pts ; Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.93pts ; Tanner Gudauskas 12.50pts ; Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 11.27pts
Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.07pts ; Yadin Nicol (AUS) 14.50pts ; Dale Staples (ZAF) 14.40pts ; Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.10pts
Dane Reynolds (USA) 18.27pts ; Matt Banning (AUS) 18.10pts ; Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 14.07pts ; Travis Logie (ZAF) 9.26pts
Dion Atkinson (AUS) 14.84pts ; Nathan Yeoman (USA) 14.07pts ; Cooper Chapman (AUS) 10.87pts ; Miguel Pupo (BRA) 10.76pts
Adriano De Souza (BRA) 17.93pts ; Evan Valiere (HAW) 16.13pts ; Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.57pts ; Leandro Usuna (ARG) 13.90pts
Michel Bourez (PYF) 18.47pts ; Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.30pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 13.17pts ; Mason Ho (HAW) 12.87pts
Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.84pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 13.10pts ; Jesse Mendes (BRA) 12.63pts ; Wade Carmichael (AUS) 7.97pts