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Mick Fanning vs. Kelly Slater

2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach final voted ASP Men's Heat of the Year

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was one of the most memorable stops on tour in 2012. A rare back to back swell rolled through and stayed around for the Men's Final where we saw Mick Fanning narrowly defeat Kelly Slater.

The surfing on display was mind-blowing and because of this it was voted by the fans as 2012 ASP Men's Heat of the Year.

Flickr Set: Content from Men's Final - 2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Mick Fanning celebrates the win with his wife.
The crowds enjoyed sunny conditions for the Final
Mick Fanning overcomes 11-time world champ Kelly Slater to claim the 2012 Rip Curl Pro.
Mick Fanning exults after clinching the 2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells title.
Mick Fanning exults after clinching the 2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells title.
These guys can claim 6 Rip Curl Pro Bells between them (4 for Slater and 2 for Mick).
Mick Fanning overcomes 11-time world champ Kelly Slater to claim the 2012 Rip Curl Pro.
Mick Fanning overcomes 11-time world champ Kelly Slater to claim the 2012 Rip Curl Pro.
Mick Fanning overcomes 11-time world champ Kelly Slater to claim the 2012 Rip Curl Pro.
Kelly gives Mick a victory shower.
Slater attempted a few hail mary airs in the dying minutes of the Final, but it wasn't enough to surpass Mick
Mick Fanning overcomes 11-time world champ Kelly Slater to claim the 2012 Rip Curl Pro.
Mick Fanning is carried up the beach after defeating Kelly Slater in the Final in front of a standing-room-only crowd
Mick Fanning pulls his trademark lightning fast cutback en route to his second Rip Curl Pro Bells title
A very happy Mick Fanning celebrates his second Bells title. His first was back in 2001
Mick Fanning overcomes 11-time world champ Kelly Slater to claim the 2012 Rip Curl Pro.
You've got to win it to ring it, and Mick Fanning nearly broke the Bell he rang it so hard.
These guys can claim 6 Rip Curl Pro Bells between them (4 for Slater and 2 for Mick).
Mick Fanning exults after clinching the 2012 Rip Curl Pro Bells title.
Mick Fanning surfed one of the greatest heats of his life in the Final of the 2012 Rip Curl Pro
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