Fanning, a.k.a. “White Lightning,” the 2007 and 2009 ASP World Tour champ is the living embodiment of professional surfing.
An original Coolangatta Kid, Fanning started surfing ASP events in 1998. By 2002, he’d qualified for the ASP World Tour. After an era marked by Kelly Slater/Andy Irons domination, Fanning came into the 2007 season with a laser focus winning the Quiksilver Gold Coast Pro. He went on to win the Quiksilver Pro France, and earned his first ASP World Tour title by beating Kai Otten in the final of the Hang Loose Pro Brazil and finishing the year ahead of Taj Burrow and Slater.
Following a mid-season injury in 2008, he slipped to the number eight spot in the ratings. In 2009, Fanning went on a late season tear, winning three of the last four events to reclaim his ASP crown on a perfect day at Pipe.
Considered to be the fastest surfer in the world and credited for bringing peak physical performance to the forefront, Fanning is more focused than ever, currently campaigning for his third World Title.