GOLD Coast product Mick Fanning has won the Moche Rip Curl Pro in Portugal.
In a nail-biting heat, Fanning only moved into a winning position in the dying minutes of his round.
The win moves Fanning into second place in the world rankings, with the top spot in his sights.
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The number one position will be decided at the Billabong Pipeline Masters on December 8 at Oahu’s North Shore.
If Fanning wins the finale event of the World Tour in Hawaii and Brazilian Gabriel Medina fails to make the final, Fanning will be crowned as world champion.