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Mick Fanning at Snapper Rock
, 2010

by Andrew Maccoll

type C photograph (image: 101.5 x 152.2 cm)

Michael ‘Mick’ Fanning AO (b. 1981) is a three-times world number one surfer. Fanning began surfing in Ballina at five and, in spite of severe scoliosis, took up the sport in earnest in Tweed Heads at the age of twelve. He finished in the top three at the Australian national titles in 1996, and though devastated by the death of his brother, also a surfer, in a car accident in 1998, he won the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria in 2001 on a wild card entry. Turning professional in 2002, and weathering a complete hamstring tear in 2004, he won the 2007 Quiksilver Pro and the Santa Catarina Pro to finish ahead of major rivals Taj Burrow and Kelly Slater and win the Association of Surfing Professionals’ world title for the first time. After a groin injury in 2008, he slipped to eighth position on the world rankings, but battled to reclaim his world crown in Hawaii in 2009. He finished as the ASP world number one for the third time in 2013. In 2014 he won his third Rip Curl Pro at Bells. The intensely focused face of Rip Curl wetsuits and clothing, Fanning is the co-author of the inspiring biography Surf for your life (2009), recently re-issued in a ‘Grommets’ Edition’.

Andrew Maccoll (b. 1978) is a commercial photographer with clients in the advertising, fashion and creative industries. He recalls that at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast ‘before a major competition Mick stopped for a one-minute portrait. His portrait captures the essence of his assertive personality and the strength that has seen him win world surfing titles.’ The National Portrait Gallery also has portraits by Maccoll of Mick Molloy and Eric Bana.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2011
Accession number: 2011.21