Mick Fanning does it again

Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, has been crowned the 2009 ASP World Champion, following a stunning performance at the Banzai Pipeline today.

Heading into the final stop of the 2009 ASP World Tour season, Fanning held the ASP ratings’ lead over fellow Gold Coast surfer Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, and with Parkinson’s Round 3 exit in today’s Billabong Pipe Masters at the hands of wildcard Gavin Gillette (HAW), 23, Fanning secured his second ASP World Title.

“I’m just a bit overwhelmed right now and I don’t quite know what to say,” Fanning said. “It was hard out there. I was trying to get ready for my heat and then Gavin (Gillette) got that one score as I was paddling out and, I don’t know, I just sort of slowed down.”

For the first time since 2003, the ASP World Title came down to the final event of the season at the Billabong Pipe Masters.

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Pipeline is pumping perfect waves

Solid five-to-seven foot (2 – 2.5 metre) barrels are steamrolling through the lineup this morning, prompting event organizers for the Billabong Pipe Masters to call competition on, with Round 3 commencing at 8am.

Stop No. 10 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pipe Masters marks the third and final event of the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series) and today’s incredible conditions provide the perfect setting for what could potentially be the most exciting day of the year.

“We’ve got great surf today in the five-to-seven foot range,” Randy Rarcick, Vans Triple Crown Contest Director, said. “We’ll be getting underway at 8am and we’re expecting to run Rounds 3 and 4.”

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Alejo Muniz

Alejo Muniz (BRA), Rafael Pereira (VEN), Leandro Usuna (ARG), Analí Gómez (PER), Camila Cassia (BRA) and Gabriela Leite (BRA) entered the history books today, Friday, December 11, in Montoya beach, after winning the 1st South American Beach Games medals in the Surfing Competition.

It was a short but intense day 3, with only two finals being held in 3 foot, glassy right-handers.

The Women’s final went to the water first with a strong start for Brazilian, Camila Cassia but then, Peruvian Analí Gómez found the right waves, and took the lead after scoring a 5.00 and a 6.33 to win the gold. Cassia took the silver and Leite the bronze.

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