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PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Saturday, December 12, 2009) CJ Hobgood (USA)  - Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, has been crowned the 2009 ASP World Champion, following a stunning performance at the Billabong Pipeline Masters at the  Banzai Pipeline today...Heading into the final stop of the 2009 ASP World Tour season, Fanning held the ASP ratings' lead over fellow Gold Coast surfer Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, and with Parkinson's Round 3 exit in today's Billabong Pipe Masters at the hands of wildcard Gavin Gillette (HAW), 23, Fanning secured his second ASP World Title..."I'm just a bit overwhelmed right now and I don't quite know what to say," Fanning said. "It was hard out there. I was trying to get ready for my heat and then Gavin (Gillette) got that one score as I was paddling out and, I don't know, I just sort of slowed down."..For the first time since 2003, the ASP World Title came down to the final event of the season at the Billabong Pipe Masters..."This title is way more fun," Fanning said. "I was much more relaxed for this one - besides the last few days, I was really nervous."..The 2009 ASP World Tour season will go down in history as one of the most dramatic, with Parkinson winning three of the first five events before Fanning rallied in the latter half of the season to overtake his good friend..."I knew I was surfing well," Fanning said. "It was just a matter of getting that result. I knew it was going to turn around sooner or later. I don't know, it's weird the way the world works."...The third and final event in the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series), the Billabong Pipeline Masters plays host to two dramatic story arcs: the showdown for the 2009 ASP World Title and the requalification race for the 2010 ASP Dream Tour. Amidst the world's best surfers exists a spattering of Pipeline specialists, making the competition field particularly challenging to navigate...The northern hemisphere winter months on the North Shore signal a concentration of surfing activity wi
PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Saturday, December 12, 2009) CJ Hobgood (USA) - Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, has been crowned the 2009 ASP World Champion, following a stunning performance at the Billabong Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline today...Heading into the final stop of the 2009 ASP World Tour season, Fanning held the ASP ratings' lead over fellow Gold Coast surfer Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, and with Parkinson's Round 3 exit in today's Billabong Pipe Masters at the hands of wildcard Gavin...
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