Wave Gardening With Mick Fanning And Owen Wright


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Mick Fanning. Photo: Matt Kelson


Funny spills and snippets of good surfing go down as Owen Wright and Mick Fanning head to the Basque country for a bit of freshwater ripping at the “Wave Garden.”

Said Mick after the session, “It was the funniest day, was all time! I broke Rick Kane’s record from the movie North Shore where I dominated the Wave Pool….ha ha ha. It was really hard at the start to surf the wave and to figure out where to paddle. It definitely had plenty of power which surprised me, was so fun! This is something that will really take off, with all the technology of today we will see these types of wave pools in places like Las Vegas or in the middle of Australia where kids and adults get the opportunity to learn to surf where they might not have had the opportunity to do so otherwise. It’s the future.”

Added Owen, “We drove into the middle of nowhere and arrived there and discovered a massive pond. You paddle out and its flat and all of a sudden this wave starts. I couldn’t figure it out where to take off at the start but it was the best looking left I’ve ever seen. Mick and I had a re-match after Trestles and he took me down! He did like 800 turns on a wave and I managed to do just one. But I reckon I got him on the dismounts at the end, you have to jump off really quick or you will end up in the horse paddock next door.”