"I'm excited for Mick (Fanning) it was an exciting finish," Slater said. "Mick has been focused all year. It's hard for me to pinpoint exactly where my year didn't stack up. I Beats By Dre Advertising
"It wasn't easy," Fanning said of his morning Round 5 bout with Hobgood. "If you want to win a world title, you have to put it all on the line. I basically got flogged for 28 minutes of that heat before that gem came through. I heard from Chi Pro Hair Dryer all the boys whistling on the beach and I knew it was going to be a good one when it came in. I got a roll in off of second reef and it set up for a really good section on first reef. Came through at the right time and that was definitely a magic moment for me."
Fanning's exit in the semis gave him his fourth tie for third finish this year. He won the Quiksilver Pro France and was runner up at the Oakley Pro Bali.
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Australia's Mick Fanning celebrates winning the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour title Saturday. Fanning couldn't claim the championship until the final day of the last event of the season, the Billabong Pipemasters at the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii when he reached quarterfinals. "I'm sure I gave my wife Karissa and my mum enough stress today to last a lifetime. I was never worried myself now that I think of it. I knew what I needed to do and if the opportunity came, I knew I could do it. That opportunity came in both heats today. It's an incredible feeling. I've been having fun all year and to clinch on a day like this at Pipeline makes it that much more special."
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Fanning had similar problems until the last wave of his heat, a beautiful barrel to the left that blew him out at the end as he pumped both fists in the air. Hobgood's 10.5.
9 to No. 8 in the final standings even though he lost his Round 5 heat Saturday morning to Julian Wilson. The 4,000 points he gets for a share of ninth place in the Pipe Masters event should boost him past Australia's Josh Kerr, who fell out in Round 3 to finish with a share of 13th place.
Fanning skimmed past countryman Yadin Nicol in the quarterfinals, 17.03 to 16.90, in more consistent conditions to secure his title. Needing an excellent score in the dying moments of the heat, Fanning dropped into on a second reef set, setting up a tremendously deep backhand barrel before being spat out into the channel that earned him a 9.7.
Nat Young of Santa Cruz leans into a forming barrel at the Banzai Pipeline during Round 5 of the Billabong Pipe Masters contest Saturday in Hawaii. Young was eliminated in the heat but should move up in the ASP World Championship Tour final standings. (Cestari, ASP/Contributed)
of Surfing Professionals' World Championship Tour calendar to find out if his No. 1 ranking would hold up.
Young couldn't find a backup wave amid the closeout sets in his heat and had to settle with combining a 5.33 (out of 10) with a 1.93 for a total of 7.26, compared to Wilson's 10.67. The heat had to be restarted after no scorable waves appeared within the first 10 minutes. Then, after a couple sets came through, the ocean went flat again for the final stanza.
Fanning, 32, claimed his third ASP World Title on Saturday at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons event when he reached the semifinals where he eventually lost in 10 to 15 foot waves. That gave him too many cumulative points to be overtaken by runner up Kelly Slater, 41, who went on to win the event over John John Florence.
Nat Young moves up a spot in final standings
got hurt in Tahiti and probably should have rehabbed more before Trestles. I didn't surf very well through Europe. A world title is a yearlong thing. It was a great year for surfing, and I'm excited we get to wrap up in great waves at Pipeline."
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