Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, two-time ASP World Champion, is the frontrunner for the ASP World Title after the Volcom Fiji Pro.
SYDNEY, New South Wales/Australia (Monday, June 18, 2012) ? The 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) season has seen no shortage of action. From the staple Australian season openers to punchy South American beachbreak to an inaugural event in Fiji, the 2012 ASP WCT has seen the world?s best surfers deliver in all conditions and amidst the events, 2012 has seen four ASP World Title leaders after four contests, ensuring there is a serious race for crown this year. Two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, has proven to be the most consistent surfer thus far and surpassed close friend Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, after his performance in Fiji. Stab Magazine caught up with Fanning to get his thoughts on being the new leader of the pack. This? is their story?
Stab: What?s it mean to be current world number one?
Mick Fanning: At the moment, I?m not thinking about it. The way I look at it, I?ve got three results out of four. When it comes down to it, you wanna finish the year with at least nine results. So that?s three results I don?t have to get now. I?ve got those ones in the kitty. It?s all about making up the numbers. It doesn?t matter who else is in the race, you still need those results. I look at it as a whole. Once you get down to the last two or three events, you start looking at who?s in the race, but until then everyone?s just building points. If you can get third or better in each event, you?re doing pretty well.
The break between Fiji and Chopes is two months. How do you keep your head clear in that time? I?m just cruising, y?know? I?ve got a couple of trips that I?m gonna do. It?s so early in the year, (the title race) is all so close that you can?t really start stressing out about it yet. There?s still a lot of work to do, so it?s still business as usual.
You had a dig on the big day in Fiji. It looked immense out there. It was massive, man. For me, I just wanted to go out there and have a look. I just wanted to get at least one wave. It was serious. I think they were some of the biggest waves I?ve ever seen. It was exhilarating. From being there, then watching the replays, it was just so much bigger when you were there.