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Mick Fanning at Snapper Rocks

2010
Andrew Maccoll

type C photograph on paper (image: 101.5 cm x 152.2 cm, frame: 105.5 cm x 156 cm depth 4.5 cm, )

Michael 'Mick' Fanning AO (b. 1981) began surfing at five and, in spite of severe scoliosis, took up the sport in earnest at the age of twelve. Though devastated by the death of his brother, also a surfer, in 1998, he won the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria in 2001 on a wild card entry. Turning professional in 2002, he won the 2007 Quiksilver Pro and the Santa Catarina Pro to 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, and in 2014 he won his third Rip Curl Pro at Bells. Fanning is the co-author of the biography Surf for your life (2009), re-issued in a 'Grommets' Edition’ in 2010. He retired as a full-time competitor in 2018 having amassed 22 world tour titles.

Photographer Andrew Maccoll 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.'

Purchased 2011
© Andrew Maccoll

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Artist and subject

Andrew Maccoll (age 32 in 2010)

Mick Fanning AO (age 29 in 2010)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

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