It couldn’t have been a better time for Mick Fanning to win the Vans World Cup of Surfing, the second event of the Vans Triple Crown.
He unleashed a 9.87 wave score, the highest of the day, taking out the final at Oahu’s North Shore. His final score was 15.20.
For any surfer, a win in Hawaii is a big deal. “It’s been a dream of mine to win an event here in Hawaii… I’m stoked”.
Julian Wilson could’ve easily won the event himself, but his early score of 9.47 wasn’t quite enough to get past Fanning’s late score, and he became the runner-up with a 12.57. Hawaiian John John Florence finished third with 12.00. In many ways, he impressed the crowd, coming back from injury in grand fashion.
The world title is still very much up for grabs. Fanning sits at the top of the leaderboard with 49,700 points, Filipe Toledo is hot on his heels with 49,500. Adriano de Souza still has a strong chance, behind Toledo by only 50 points. 2014 champ Gabriel Medina has 45,350. The biggest disappointment rests in the fact that sixth-ranked Italo Ferreira can’t win the title, no matter how well he does at the Pipe Masters, because of a WSL rule. Wilson, however, is still in the running.
Such is the world of surfing.