Fanning claims rich prize

TWEED Heads' Mick Fanning has taken out the Hurley Pro Trestles in California after besting American Dane Reynolds in the final to claim the richest winner's prize purse in surfing history, $121,000.

The Hurley Pro Trestles, stop number six on the 10-event world tour, enjoyed rippable swell at the start of the waiting period before enduring three consecutive lay days to culminate in yesterday's marathon of barrier-breaking action.

In clean one-metre waves, the 2007 world champion turned up the 'juice' against Reynolds to claim his first-ever ASP Dream Tour win in California.

“I'm overwhelmed, I'd like to congratulate Dane (Reynolds),” Fanning said.

“The sort of thing that he did, he's only the start of what we'll see in the next few years, so thanks for inspiring all of us. The conditions this week have been very difficult, but that's surfing.”

Fanning's win rockets him from seventh to second on the ASP world tour ratings, bringing him right back in the hunt for the 2009 ASP world title.

The race for the 2009 ASP world title has been shaken up a bit after the Hurley Pro Trestles, with current frontrunner, Coolangatta's Joel Parkinson bowing out in round three and cutting his lead to 936 points ahead of Fanning.

The next stop on the tour is the Quiksilver Pro in France from late September to October 4.

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