Rip Curl Presents: Mick, Kelly and 'That One Final Heat'

Looking back on some of 3x World Champion Mick Fanning’s greatest hits…

There’s no one quite like Mick Fanning. A 3x World Champion. A man of the people. The myth. The legend. The fair dinkum Aussie bloke. Michael Eugene Fanning.

In honour of Mick, and as a highly productive way to spend this newfound spare time that many of us have, Rip Curl is proud to present…. Mick Week.

Throughout the coming week we’ll be gifting you some of Mick’s greatest hits – old and new, well viewed and never-before-seen. With a new episode dropping each day at 1pm, you’ll have more than just breaking news to look forward to each day...

So lock the door, shut the blinds and keep the surf stoke alive with your daily dose of some of Mick Fanning’s greatest hits, in the limited-time-only digital event, Rip Curl Presents: Mick Week.

Mick is Back: The 3x World Champ Finds His Feet After Injury!

And it just so happens to be during the swell of the year…

There are a lot of special things about surfing life on the Gold Coast… the perfect points, hidden beachies, secret bombies, the warm water, the sand so soft it squeaks, that seemingly endless sunshine… the list goes on. But there’s one thing in particular that makes surfing on the Gold Coast unlike any other. It’s that certain time of year, sometime around March, when the weather patterns make magic happen. Without fail, about three months after the new year, a cyclone swell hits the southeast Queensland coastline and it lights up those point breaks to perfection.

It’s fitting, then, that it’s just at this time that the 3x World Champion Mick Fanning, Coolangatta local and Gold Coast legend, was ready to get back in the water after injury.

This past August, August 2019, Mick was on a Stab in the Dark trip in South Africa when he tore his ACL, with an estimated recovery time of 6-12 months. In an effort to help speed up recovery Mick flew straight home and landed on the surgeon’s table.

Now, the 3x World Champ is not new to injuries – his list includes a torn hamstring, an injured ankle and many more. He knew what was required to get back in the water, and he set his sights on this sacred time of year for swell on the Gold Coast.

Now, seven months later, well… we’ll let the video do the talking.

Crosby and The Mentor: Mick Puts Crosby to Work In and Out of the Water

Inside the infamous Gold Coast home of 3x World Champion Mick Fanning, as seen by Crosby Colapinto.

It’s not every day that you get invited into the home of 3x World Champion Mick Fanning, no less invited to stay for weeks on end. But a few weeks ago, that’s just what happened to Crosby Colapinto during the best swell of the year on the Gold Coast.

The up-and-coming Californian surfer has had the chance to get to know Mick over the past few years, spending time with him on Rip Curl trips and surfing with him around the world. Mick understandably has an eye for talent – and he’s decided to take Crosby under the wing and provide a bit of mentorship.

Mentorship that means his house is open, his spare room is available, and when swell is on tap Crosby is more than welcome. So without further ado, tune in and see what it’s like to stay in the home of 3x World Champion Mick Fanning… rent paid in chores (clean my jetski!) and lessons learned in the lineup.

Stay tuned for another episode of Rip Curl Presents: Mick Week, coming to your screen tomorrow at 1pm.

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