Mick Fanning in top shape ahead of Quiksilver Pro
MICK Fanning is fighting-fit after recent big swells and hopeful of some good waves throughout the Quiksilver Pro, which kicks off tomorrow.
Fanning, who appeared alongside other competitors at the launch of the Quiksilver Boardriders in Coolangatta today, said the lead-up to this week had been more relaxed than usual after his recent decision to take a break from international touring this year.
“It’s been a different approach for me, finally letting out that I’m having a bit of the year off,” Fanning said.
“Everything’s feeling good. It’s actually relaxed.”
Fanning said he took advantage of the recent big swell across the coast, generated by the remnants of Cyclone Winston that smashed Fiji recently.
He said the swell was so good he had to keep cancelling appointments with his trainer at the gym.
“It was great fun,” he said.
“The waves were incredible, we were so spoiled, so my surf fitness is up.”
While the swell has fallen into a lull in recent days, Fanning was hopeful it would pick up for the event.
“This time of year... anything can pop up and just create a swell,” he said.
Fanning’s preparation for his home-town pro event comes just days after his mum, Elizabeth Osborne, took out the Woman of the Year title at the Tweed Coast Women’s Awards yesterday.
“I think it was just special for mum,” Fanning said.
“She was really chuffed and very honoured. There was a lot of amazing women in that room that do so much for the community. It was a great moment for her.”
Fanning will contest the first two World Surfing League events this year in Australia before taking a break.
Queensland Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones wished the athletes good luck ahead of the competition.
“It’s really important the Queensland Government continues to work with World Surfing to have this major event here on the Gold Coast,” Ms Jones said.
“We know that through the Quiksilver Pro and the Roxy Pro the beautiful Gold Coast beaches are broadcast to millions of surfing enthusiasts around the world.
“We know that the Gold Coast is a very special place. When I spoke to a number of surfers last year they said this was one of their favourite events on the world tour.”
The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro mark the first event of the 2016 WSL World Championship Tour which will see the world’s top surfers take to the waves, including former world champion Stephanie Gilmore.
The event kicks off tomorrow and will run until Monday, March 21.
More info: quiksilver.com.au/progoldcoast.