Why Mick Fanning Enjoys His Surfboards A Little Left Of Center In Retirement
A look at Fanning's pre-injury, post-retirement quiver.
After Mick Fanning ripped his hamstring off the bone in 2004 and had it surgically repaired, he eased himself back into the water. Cruising single-fins on the daily at Snapper, it was one of the rare instances he was seen on anything other than a high-performance thruster.
It was a little like White Lightning meeting MP with the fluid speed lines through Little Marley.
Fifteen years down the track and Mick’s toolbox is once again evolving. Prior to going down with a kinked knee while on location in South Africa shooting for the latest iteration of Stab In The Dark, Mick’s longtime pal Richie Lovett swung by his garage on the Goldie to see what had changed in the old board rack.
No longer a slave to 5’11” scalpels that earned him three world titles, searching with Mason Ho has clearly expanded his mind in terms of what works, what’s fun, and why something a little left of center helps keep things interesting.
“I always wanted to,” he admits.
Wider noses, different lengths, different types of fins, Mick even copped to making sure there’s always one funky shape in his board bag when him and Mase travel together.
Don’t let too much dust settle on those boards.