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Mick Fanning and his mom hug. Photo: WSL / Kirstin
Mick Fanning’s Emotional Season Compounded by Family Tragedy
Billabong Pipe Masters

Mick Fanning’s Emotional Season Compounded by Family Tragedy

Dec 16, 2015

Mick Fanning's emotional roller coaster of a season continued Wednesday when he awoke to news that his older brother, Peter, passed away in his sleep. While word of the tragedy spread quickly on social media and in the Australian press, Fanning saved his thoughts until after continuing his World Title quest through Round 4 of the Billabong Pipe Masters.

After the conclusion of the event for the day, Fanning posted the following photo on his Instagram:


During Fanning's post-heat interview WSL announcer Peter Mel asked Fanning about the emotion he saw in his performance.

"It's been a huge day," he told Peter Mel after his Round 4 match. "I've just got some personal stuff going on at home and it's sort of heavy to talk about right now, but I don't know, I'm just sort of cruising, and just trying to live."

A number of competitors at the Pipe Masters offered words of sympathy in their post-heat interviews, including Glenn Hall (IRL) and Gabriel Medina (BRA).

Slater, who will face off against Fanning in their next heat, said after his Round 5 interview, "My condolences to Mick's family and to Mick. My heart goes out to those guys. They're going through some heavy stuff right now. I'm here supporting Mick as a friend and out in the water (during Round 4) I was telling him, 'just focus, good luck and have fun. Try to put everything out of your mind, all the pressure and personal things.' With all that going on it's hard to compete at your top level but he did that today and that's why he's a multi-World Champ and why he's staring down at another one."

WSL CEO Paul Speaker also weighed in. "Our hearts and thoughts are with Mick and his family today, a family that continues to give so much to so many. It's a terrible tragedy to learn of Mick's brother's passing. The entire WSL family extends their deepest condolences to the Fanning family and to all those affected."

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