Can you call a 3rd place finish a disappointment? We'll leave that up to you, but after
For Parko to win his maiden ASP World Title the following needs to happen:
• If Fanning finishes 33rd through a 9th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 3rd or better to overtake.
• If Fanning finishes 5th at Pipeline, Parkinson needs a 2nd or better to overtake.
• If Fanning finishes 3rd at Pipeline, Parkinson needs win the event to overtake.
• If Fanning finishes 2nd or better at Pipeline, he will clinch the 2009 ASP World Title.
And how about Mick Fanning? Three wins in four events? The pessimist (and baseball fan) in me says "Check him for performance enhancing substances!" but I'm pretty sure his incredible win is the result of intense training and focus mixed in with a bit of good ol' fashioned luck -- it didn't hurt that he didn't have to surf against wildcard