Might want to avert the gaze over to Bells Beach today, mates. At the risk of putting the moz on it, there might be a fairytale brewing.
Shark puncher and all-around good bloke Mick Fanning is competing in what will be his final professional surfing tour event at Victoria’s most iconic surf break.
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event is at the pointy end of proceedings for 2018, and Fanning is officially through to the final after handily dispatching his semi-final opponent a short time ago.
Fanning made light work of American Patrick Gudauskas, exhibiting shrewd wave choice en route to a 16.50 to 9.67 rout of the fancied Yank.
The only thing standing in the way of Fanning walking off into the sunset of retirement as a record-breaking five-time Bells Beach champion is Brazilian Italo Ferreira, who took out countryman Gabriel Medina in his semi final clash by a score of 15.50 to 14.10.
Fanning has been in excellent touch throughout the course of the Bells Beach Pro event, but the final represents a tough mountain to climb; the only person to register scores higher than Fanning in the tournament thus far is, would you believe, Ferreira.
Weather permitting, the final is expected to go down at some point this afternoon. Keep yr eyes peeled, mates.
It’s fixing to be a big day for Australians in the surf at Bells, with Stephanie Gilmour currently competing in the final of the women’s event, taking on Brazilian/American Tatiana Weston-Webb for a chance to ring the bell.
Go you bloody good things!