Mick Fanning wins least user-friendly QS event!
Sunset Beach, Hawaii, is no joke. The Vans World Cup of Surfing, held at Sunset Beach, is no joke. Why? Because the wave is far from user-friendly. When the world’s best are doing what don’t look like the turns you’d normally expect from them, you know the wave isn’t a cake walk. The biggest scores at […]
Sunset Beach, Hawaii, is no joke. The Vans World Cup of Surfing, held at Sunset Beach, is no joke. Why? Because the wave is far from user-friendly. When the world’s best are doing what don’t look like the turns you’d normally expect from them, you know the wave isn’t a cake walk. The biggest scores at Sunset come from getting anywhere near the lip, or finding a barrel that doesn’t pinch– two things that aren’t on offer every wave.
“I’ve gotten so close so many times, made pretty much every final twice but never got the cookie,” said Mick Fanning, who found a bumpy tube to win the final, scooping 10k points he doesn’t need at all, $40k he doesn’t really need either, and the right to a very enjoyable night. “I’m so honoured to win here at Sunset, it’s such a tough event, everyone was going so crazy. I’m just so stoked. Incredible day, the waves have been incredible. How lucky we are just to paddle out with three other guys in perfect Sunset. I’m pretty tired right now but just over the moon.”
“The Triple Crown is the second biggest thing to the World Title, for sure,” said Julian Wilson, who scooped a second place to the man who’s been lowkey mentoring him all year. “If I was out of the title race I would have come over and fought for it 100 percent, but the World Title is definitely where my focus is.”
Meanwhile in the earlier rounds, a bunch of new faces were busy qualifying for the World Tour. Get a full breakdown of the 2016 rookies, right here.
Vans World Cup of Surfing Results
1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.20 – $40,000 and 10,000 points
2. Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.57 – $20,000 and 8,000 points
3. John John Florence (HAW) 12.00 – $12,000 and 6,700
4. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.20 – $10,000 and 6,300
Heat 1: John John Florence 9.90, Mick Fanning 9.47, Conner Coffin 9.10, Jack Robinson 3.34
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson 15.17, Julian Wilson 10.90, Gabriel Medina 6.30, Stuart Kennedy 4.53
Heat 1: John John Florence 18.63, Jack Robinson 11.40, Jack Freestone 11.40, Nat Young 3.70
Heat 2: Mick Fanning 14.50, Conner Coffin 14.50, Dane Reynolds 13.40, Ricardo Christie 11.94
Heat 3: Stuart Kennedy 13.57, Matt Wilkinson 11.37, Dusty Payne 10.93, Joel Parkinson 10.47
Heat 4: Gabriel Medina 16.56, Julian Wilson 15.00, Caio Ibelli 14.84, Yadin Nicol 9.60
Hassling, Head-Dips, and Broken Apple Watches
The 2023 CT is underway. Here's what happened on Day One of the Billabong Pro…
Stephanie Gilmore And Filipe Toledo Are The 2022 Stab Surfers Of The Year
Caity and Hughie take Best Juniors, “NOZ VID” wins best film, and Ho and Pringle…
Red Bulls, Crypto Bears, Former’s Six-Figure Fish, Tyler’s Multi-Millions And More
A brief catalog of the latest surf industry news and whispers.
“Definitely The First Time I’ve Gone Surfing Via Plane”
Parker Coffin, Harrison Roach, and friends tear through NZ on Roark's most well-rounded surf trip…
Pipe Preview: This Year Feels Different
With John and Gabs healthy — and the arrival of the femme next-gen — here’s…
WSL Tells Competitors: ‘You Better Like Them Apples’
Will mandating competitors to wear Apple Watches make the 2023 tour more or less engaging?
Stab Surfer of the Year: John John Florence, Italo Ferreira, Balaram Stack, Rolo Montes, and Shaun Manners
Day 9: "You can't do better than his year last year." - John John Florence
Full Moon Surfs, Impassable Puddles, And A Few Nights Spent Sleeping In A WSL Commentary Booth
A reader-submitted collection of nonconformist surf stories.
Kael Walsh Now Owns A Bitcoin, And Watched One Crypto Video
He’s officially your Stab Edit Of The Year champion.
Carissa Moore And Finn McGill Are Your 2023 Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Champions
They both pocket $50k and tickets to this year’s Vans Pipe Masters.
The Pick-Up, Presented By Vans, Episode 5
Mason Ho helps us ring in our final week on the North Shore.
Goofyfoot Brazilian World Champion Stars In Stab’s Biggest Board-Testing Franchise
Can you guess who?
Surf Community Rallies To Raise Funds For Eddie Winner And On-Duty Hawaiian Lifeguard Luke Shepardson
Because it's the right thing to do, of course.
Interview: Caity Simmers On Machete Wars, Rihanna, Personal Project Problems, And The Rise Of Female Surf Content.
A toast to ‘Toasted.’
Stab Surfer of the Year: Creed McTaggart, Albee Layer, Laura Enever, Dane Guduaskas, and Selema Masekela
Day 8: "65 years young and charging just as hard as ever at Pipe, Backdoor,…
“I’m Not A Big Wave Guy”
How Kai Paula accidentally made his mark at Jaws three weeks after surfing it for…