Micko or Eugene

Mick Fanning

I love that no two waves are the same

© Ryan Miller

Hi, my name is Mick Fanning. My discipline is surfing competition. My friends call me Micko or Eugene. I was born on 13 June 1981 in Penrith, Australia. My special talent is I like cooking. My philosophy of life is no regrets. The most important person in my life is my wife Karissa. My favourite food is chocolate. My favourite music is anything mellow.


Mick burst onto the ASP World Championship Tour in 2002, when he finished in the top five in his rookie season. He looked destined for a world title, but his ascension to the top was violently interrupted by injury in 2004 when he suffered a complete hamstring tear. He could only get back in the water after major surgery and six months of intense rehab.

Mick dug deep and made a triumphant return in 2007, winning the ASP World Championship at the age of 26. But just one year later, in 2008, the Australian suffered his second major injury. A groin tear impacted his performance and saw him slip to eighth position in the year-end ratings. A tireless competitor and sportsman, Mick trained hard and came back in 2009 to reclaim his ASP Word Championship crown, a campaign that culminated at the Pipe Masters, the year's final and most prestigous event.

2012 was another standout year for the 2x world champ, despite a third place finish. Mick had a strong first half, winning the Rip Curl Pro and Billabong Pro Teahupo'o and securing podium finishes at both the Billabong Rio Pro and Volcom Fiji Pro.

2013 also brought with it many podium finishes, with Mick's consistent performances throughout the season culminating in a highly anticipated showdown for the world title. And it was Mick that ultimately surfed his way to sweet victory, taking his third World Championship title.

Also in 2013 he shot the film "Missing" with film-maker Taylor Steele. Twenty one epic days in which Steele put the ASP World Champion in some of the most radical spots of the planet alongside alongside John John Florence, Jordy Smith, Matt Wilkinson and Tom Curren.

With a deep competitive design and professional approach, Mick certainly looks to have many more world titles in him.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2013
    1. ASP World Champion

  2. 2013
    1. 1st Place: Quiksilver Pro

      Le Penon, Seignosse, France

    2. 3rd Place: Billabong Pro Teahupoo

      Teahupoo, Tahiti

    3. 2nd Place: Volcom Fiji Pro


, Fiji

  3. 2012
    1. 3rd Place: ASP World Tour

  4. 2010
    1. 3rd Place: ASP World Tour

  5. 2009
    1. ASP World Champion

  6. 2007
    1. ASP World Champion