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Eugene Michael "Mick" Fanning is a professional surfer from Australia and was the 2007 world champion on the Foster's ASP Men's World Tour. He was born in Penrith, New South Walesmarker on June 13, 1981.

Fanning learned to surf at the age of five in coastal New South Wales at a town called Ballina, but did not go full on until his family moved to Tweed Heads when he was twelve. He grew up with fellow professional surfer, Joel Parkinson. On the edge of the Queenslandmarker border, Fanning had access to epic surf north and south and he began to make a name for himself. In 1996 he established himself as one the very best surfers to rule the Queensland points by placing in the top three at the Australian National Titles. He was also victorious when he took a wild card entry at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beachmarker in 2001 winning one of Australia's most acclaimed contests. He finished 2002 as rookie of the year winning the Billabong Pro at Jeffrey's Bay and earning himself a slot on the 2002 tour as the World Qualifying Series' (WQS) Champion.

The year 2007 marks Fanning's sixth year on the Foster's Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour since 2002 and his ninth year on the ASP WQS since 1998. He began his 2007 World Title campaign (WCTmarker) with a victory at the Quiksilver Pro, the first event on the Foster's ASP World Tourmarker, putting himself on top of the ratings. He won the Santa Catarina Pro in Brazil on November 6, 2007 placing above Taj Burrow and Kelly Slater therefore clinching the 2007 ASP world title.

Fanning is married to model Karissa Dalton.

  • AKA: White Lightning, Eugene
  • Height: 175 cm
  • Weight: 75 kg
  • Stance: Natural (regular) foot
  • Sponsors: Rip Curl Wetsuits and Clothing, Reef Footwear, Creatures of Leisure Accessories, Dragon Eyewear, Red Bull Energy Drinks, Zen Nutrition
  • Official Website: www.mickfanning.com
  • Average Board Quiver: Five 6'1s a 6'3 and a 6'6
  • Career Earnings: US $637,435


Fanning's brother Sean died in a car accident along with fellow surfer Joel Green in 1998.

He is known not only for his incredible surfing, but also his comeback from a complete hamstring tear in 2004. He had to have it surgically repaired and is back on the pro tour doing well.

Career Victories

  • 2009
    • RipCurL Pro Search - Portugal
    • ASP World Champion
    • Quiksilver Pro, Gold coast - Australia
    • Quiksilver Pro France
    • Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro- Brazil
  • 2006
    • Billabong Pro, Jeffreys Bay - South Africa
    • Nova Schin Festival, Imbituba - Brazil


  • 2005
    • Rip Curl Search, Saint Leu - Reunion Island
    • Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast - Australia
    • Energy Australia Open, Newcastle - Australia (ASP WQS)


  • 2002
    • Billabong Pro, Jeffreys Bay - South Africa


  • 2001
    • Rip Curl Pro, Bell's Beach, Torquay - Australia


  • Non Foster's ASP World Tour Victories:
    • 3 ASP WQS


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