Mick Fanning wins the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014


Mick Fanning has conquered the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014, at Supertubos, Peniche. Despite losing the final heat, Jordy Smith claimed the Portuguese Wave Series.

After a pair of low-scoring semis, it was quickly clear that the Final promised to be a different kind of party. Again, Mick Fanning was out of the gate first, getting a quick tube for a 5.67 to start.
Fanning's next wave topped that: When Jordy Smith backed off of a left under priority, Fanning pulled in high and tight for a technical ride capped with wrapping turns for a 9.00.
Smith was now combo'd, but answered back with an impressive tube of his own, hacking the lip on the exit for a final flourish. He earned a 7.67, and returned to the patience game.
Fanning sat and waited too, as a long lull set in. It wasn't until the last three minutes that Fanning improved his scoreline, with a 6.50, to secure the event win for the first time in Peniche since 2009.
"I am just so stoked. I didn't really think about a win to tell you the truth, it just happened. Jordy surfed amazing, John John surfed amazing, Kai too. Everyone has been ripping this whole Euro leg and I’m just stoked I got to get a result out of it," said Fanning.
"It feels so good to get a win, it’s been five years since I won here, so I am very stoked. Going into Hawaii with a title on the line is so stressful, but I guess I will just deal with that when I get there. For now I’ll just enjoy the win here."
The Billabong Pipeline Masters 2014 will crown the ASP World Tour champion between December 8th-20th, on the Oahu's North Shore. Only three surfers remain in contention: Gabriel Medina, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning.
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014 | Final
Mick Fanning (AUS), 15.50 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF), 7.67

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