Mick spoke with Elliot Struck from Stab after arriving in France for the Quiksilver Pro. They discussed his ratings lead, distractions and the possibility of a third World Title…
Stab: When was the last time you had a sleepless night thinking about a heat or an opponent.
Mick: Sometimes you have them, sometimes you don’t. It’s not so much about an opponent, but more about conditions. That’s what I’ve been concentrating on this year – making sure I know what the conditions are gonna be like and making sure I’m ready for whatever we get.
What, like lying in bed on Namotu listening to the swell start to jack?
Nah, the worst one was Tahiti, when we had that whole week of… I was first heat every day, and you’re trying to figure out if it’s going to be barrels or turns, showing up each morning with a few different boards. That was definitely the trickiest. (It obviously worked: Mick won the event).
What will you eat for breakfast on the morning of the event?
I’ve just been doing some cereal and fruit, or maybe a smoothie. Nothing crazy. I’ve gotten rid of all the bacon and eggs. They’re just for special occasions now.
Do you think having a child would be distracting from a world title?
I guess you’d have to ask Joel that one. For him, he’s got such good support in Monica, she’s a good mum and on contest days, she pretty much takes over. But I think sometimes he likes the distraction of it all, because he doesn’t have to think. I haven’t been in that position, so when I have kids I’ll be able to comment more.
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