Mick Fanning: he won his first event at Bells Beach | Photo: Cestari/WSL

Mick Fanning says he plans to retire at Bells Beach. But he didn't mention when.

At 35, and with three world surfing titles in his pocket, Mick Fanning is just cruising. The "White Lightning" had a rough year in 2015, and he decided to take a break and do whatever he wanted in 2016.

Despite only participating in five out of 10 events, Fanning won the J-Bay Open, and his worst results are a couple of 13th place finishes. Apparently, he has secured his spot on the 2017 Championship Tour. But what will he compete full-time?

"I still haven't answered that question myself. To be totally honest I didn't want to do any events this year. I wanted to have the whole year off, but with Bede and Owen and their injuries, I didn't feel like taking a wildcard from those guys," explained Fanning.

"Especially if I got to the end of the year and just be like 'I don't want to be here.' So I just did a few events and tried to qualify. I've done that, so I'm just cruising."

Mick Fanning told Mark Occhilupo he wanted to put himself in places that he never thought he would be, and not have a schedule. In the upcoming months, he will continue to book tickets to exotic places. Like Alaska, where he recently went on a no-surfboard mission.

So, will he see Fanning, with a jersey, trying to break Mark Richard's Australian record of four world surfing titles?

"World titles at this stage don't really mean much to me right now. I do know I will surf Snapper Rocks and Bells Beach. My dream is to retire at Bells. That was the first ever event I' ve won, and I feel really comfortable down there," adds Mick.

"I don't know if it is going to be next year, or the year after, or if they keep giving me wildcards till I'm 50."