Mick Fanning’s illustrious surfing career has officially come to an end with the three-time world champion finishing runner-up at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach.
Fanning, who announced his retirement earlier this year, just couldn’t find a strong enough second wave score to overtake Brazilian Italo Ferreira in the final of the event.
With just under a minute left on the clock, Fanning looked out the back only to see there were no rideable waves on the horizon.
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He then paddled over to Ferreira to congratulate the Brazillian on his win and the pair embraced in a long hug to celebrate the moment.
When the hooter sounded to officially call time on Fanning’s career, cheers erupted from the hundreds of Australians who lined the sands of the iconic surf break to cheer on their Australian hero.
It certainly wasn’t the ending the Australian public was hoping for but the superstar himself seemed elated as he came to shore, smiling and cheering the crowd as he was chaired up the sand onto the infamous stairs.
The victory is massive for Ferreira, who is not only celebrating his first win at Bells Beach but also his first win ever on the world championship tour.
— World Surf League (@wsl) April 5, 2018
It was still a great day for Australian surfing, with Stephanie Gilmore taking over the world no.1 ranking with victory in the women’s final over Hawaiian Tatiana Weston-Webb.