Mick’s choice for this year’s #stabinthedark winning board wasn’t based on top speed or length of ride, nor should it have been. There’s no stats associated with how a board ‘feels’ underfoot and that’s fine with us. In saying that, this year Mick Fanning wore his Rip Curl #searchGPS Surf Watch 2 and on reflecting, it is fascinating to discover just how fast the White Lightning strikes on each of these tricked up surfboards. Then there’s paddle distance, number of waves surfed and even how far he paddled on each board, numbers that wouldn’t bear much influence on the subjective study’s outcome, but interesting trivial facts regardless. With the feature still on its premiere tour (more dates incoming), we’ll save the rest of our collected data for later.