Fanning bows out of Quiky Pro
TWEED surfer Mick Fanning has been knocked out of the Quiksilver Pro in an action-packed day at Snapper Rocks today.
Fanning, who recently announced he would take time out of the world tour this year after a tough 12 months in his personal life, was knocked out of his round three heat by Hawaiian Sebastian Zietz.
Surf commentator Andrew McKinnon said today’s shock result would have big ramifications for the Tweed-raised surfer.
“If Mick gets another bad result at Bells it will be impossible for him to requalify for the world tour next year,” McKinnon said.
“He might have to go back on his decision (to take time out) and maybe compete in South Africa if he doesn’t requalify.”
In another big upset, Australia’s Stuart Kennedy, who ousted surfing great Kelly Slater on Sunday, delivered another hammer blow by defeating 2014 WSL world champion Gabriel Medina.
Kennedy, granted entry to the event to replace the injured Bede Durbidge, upset the Brazilian heavyweight in round three today after unleashing a flurry of risky maneuvres.
Another former Tweed world champion, Joel Parkinson, advanced to round five after competing in a tough heat against defending champion Felipe Toledo of Brazil - who scored the first 10-point wave of the season - and new Californian young gun, Conner Coffin.
Meanwhile, in the women’s Roxy Pro, former six-time world champ Stephanie Gilmore of Kingscliff, is surfing well and, according to McKinnon, is “very much in the running” to progress to the final rounds.
McKinnon said he expected both the men’s and women’s titles to be completed by late Wednesday, ahead of an expected drop in swell on Thursday.