White Lightning strikes Kirra

Mick Fanning rides the wave of his life at Kirra.

Updated: January 25, 2011, 7:18 PM ET
By Peter "Joli" Wilson

After weeks of flooding rains, which affected five of Australia's seven states, the last thing people needed to hear from the weather man was that cyclones threatened to hit the east coast.

Kirra On My Mind

Highlights of Mick Fanning's 53-shot mind-bender, and then some. Gallery

The destructive winds and weather created Cyclone Vania, which formed off the backside of Fiji last week. Fortunately, its path didn't threaten Australia but it's ...

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