Mick Fanning // France // 1:00

Any surf hub worth its sodium has a break locals consider to be a training ground for Pipeline. Mick Fanning found the French rendition of said break, and just in time to prep for the 2014 Pipeline Masters. While others sat pruning in Pipe’s eggiest of eggy lineups, obeying the stringent pecking order of the world’s most famous wave, hopelessly hoping to pick off a forsaken scrap between locals, Mick feasted on Pipe-esque bombs far from the 7-mile miracle. There, that’s the strategy of a three time world champ.