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Catch surfer Mick Fanning in all his glory before seeing golfer Zach Johnson in Kapalua.
 

When
9:39am
12.19.13

Where
North Shore, O’ahu

It was perhaps the most anticipated world title match since Kelly Slater facing off Andy Irons in 2005. On top of the excitement, the backdrop was ideal: stunning surf conditions and one of the biggest crowds ‘Ehukai Beach Park has ever seen. Hawai‘i’s own John John Florence took the Vans Triple Crown, while the legendary Slater claimed the Billabong Pipe Masters, but it was Australian surfer Mick Fanning who took the 2013 ASP world title—adding him to an elite club of surfers who have won three or more world titles. Swedish photographer Mattias Hammar captured a celebratory Fanning moments after he took a last-minute wave that landed him a score of 9.5 and a comeback win over C.J. Hobgood. Hammar was especially proud of the side light he caught with his infrared converted camera. “Of course, I was happy that Mick’s reaction wasn’t blocked by his arms,” he says. For Hammar, it was an amazing day: “epic waves and world-class surfers on fire.”