MICK FANNING has taken out the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in Victoria.
The Gold Coaster was up against fellow Australian Taj Burrow, after previously taking out Julian Wilson in the quarter finals.
Fanning said he was nervous during the final minutes of the final.
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“That last nine minutes was so nerve-wracking,” said Fanning.
“I went for waves thinking they were going to be good and they weren’t.
“Then I turned around and saw Taj on one and thought ‘oh no, what’s he going to do?’ And then it didn’t work out for him.
“I’m just so happy.”
Mick managed to take out the event with two solid waves, scoring a heat total of 16.83.
Burrow managed to score a 9.63 for one of his waves, but only managed a 3.83 as a backup, falling 3.37 points short of taking out the title.
Fanning said Bells had always been a special event for him.
“The first ever trip away I did was down here back when I was 15 or 16,” he said.
“This is probably the only thing I know about Easter, coming here.”
Fanning’s world title defence is now right back on track after disappointing performances at the season-opening events on the Gold Coast and Margaret River.
“Those first two events I didn’t really hit the reset button hard enough,” he said.
“I think I got halfway there but not really.”
Fanning now sits in 3rd spot on the ASP Worlding Rankings, after being 11th before the start of this event.
Earlier in the day, Carrissa Moore took out the women’s event, beating Australia’s Tyler Wright to claim back to back Bells wins.