Mick Fanning has ended his professional surfing career with a commendable second-place finish at today’s Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event, capping off an illustrious couple of decades with absolute class.

The 36-year-old ceded first place to Brazilian Italo Ferreira at the lauded Victorian surf spot, the exact location where the Australian powered onto the scene back in 2001.

With time running out during the final session, a dream wave failed to materialise for Fanning, leaving him with a score of 12.83 to Ferreira’s 15.66. 

Although 23-year-old Ferreira rightly celebrated his first-ever victory on the pro tour, he still took time to honour “the best competitor ever.”

After embracing the young gun in the water, Fanning also gave props to the deserving winner.

He’s ended his career with 22 tour wins and 3 World Tour titles. Fair bloody effort, mate.

Fellow Aussie gun Stephanie Gilmore also claimed her fourth Bells Beach title, hurling her into first place on the World Tour – a pretty good way to cement a proud day for Australia on the waves.

Source: ABC
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