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|After a win at the Hurley Pro in California, Mick Fanning's victory at the Quiksilver Pro France makes it two in a row.|
The numbers don't lie. There are three events remaining and nary a whisker separates the two mates. We could very well be in store for one of the best world title finishes in recent memory. Heck, this race could make it all the way to Pipeline if we're lucky. Plus, with the history between the two and the multitude of storylines available, there will be no shortage of intrigue...or hype. "It's back on," said Mick in his post-win interview. "Everyone thought Joel was going to run away with it and it's unfortunate for him that he fell out early, but I've put in a lot of work to get these last two wins and I'm just psyched on heading into the rest of the season." "It's two back-to-back events where I have had to surf four heats on the final day to get the win and it takes a lot out of you," he continued. "The conditions were deteriorating and I was fortunate to get those scores on the board early on." By the final day of the Quik Pro Kelly Slater was the only other man that had a shot at catching Joel, but Portugal's Tiago Pires reveled in playing the roll of giant killer, knocking Florida's favorite son out in the quarterfinals. It's going to take a lot of work and a bit of magic for Kelly to get back in this thing, but he's won at Mundaka and he's won at Pipe, so history is on his side in that regard. The waves for the final day were bad and got worse with every passing heat, but given the "dismal" forecast organizers were looking at, they had no choice but to wrap things up today. So now the boys have a week off in France. CJ's going to go looking for more new boards, Parko's headed back to the drawing board, and it may take Mick a few days to recover from the party Hossegor's throwing for him tonight. QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE FINAL RESULTS:
Mick's 2009 win ration is 76.19%, while Parko's is 81.48%.
Mick's 2009 average heat score is a 14.96, while Parko's is 14.98.
Mick has eight scores over 17.00, while Parko has six.
On average Mick wins an event every eight events he surfs, while Parko wins one every 9.9 times he surfs.