There's been a lot of love going on here at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Victoria. Mick's close friends and family have travelled from all over to stand beside him as he comes to the end of his pro surfing career. A sea of fans, waving posters and phones and cheering for Mick all eager to pat him on the back and grab a selfie with their hero.
The excitement on the beach each day has been phenomenal. I've been to a lot comps over the years, photographed the tour all round the world and this Rip Curl Pro at Bells would have to be the most moving of all.
A strong sense of appreciation is shared with every hug, smiles seem wider, eyes are kind and hearts are overflowing with respect and admiration for this man we know as Mick Fanning. Three time World Champion and great guy has opened up his world and allowed us to share in this momentous event with him.
I've selected these images based on their photographic and emotive content as I wanted to reflect the mood of the day - One of revelation, celebrations and appreciation.
As Micks completes this chapter of his life, I have no doubt he'll embrace the next with just as much verve.
Let the journey continue - 'THE SEARCH'
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