Mick Fanning’s Bells Beach comeback ended by Aussie rookie Callum Robson

Callum Robson has produced an after-the-siren upset to end Mick Fanning’s shot at a record fifth Bells Beach title, but siblings Tyler and Owen Wright are still standing in the Rip Curl Pro.

Australian Robson produced a 7.77-point effort on his final wave, scores returning as he hit the beach after their round-of-16 heat to win 14.50 to 14.27.

Fanning, 40, who has come out of retirement to chase Bells history as a wildcard, reached the last 16 after eliminating world number one Kanoa Igarashi in an upset on Thursday.

The three-time world champion looked in vintage form on Friday too, carving in terrific conditions to score at least 6.17 points on four separate waves and lead for a bulk of the heat.

His final-wave best of 7.5 was trumped by Championship Tour rookie Robson, though, bringing the fairytale run to an abrupt halt.


“When I saw that wave coming in I took a deep breath and thought, ‘Alright this is my chance,'” he said.

“Waiting on the beach, I couldn’t really hear, but my mates were giving me the thumbs up.

“Mick at Bells, especially when it’s absolutely pumping … he’s one of the best, so I’m pretty happy with that win.”


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