19/09/2015 8:53 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST

Mick Fanning Wins Hurley Pro

Hawaiian surfer Mick Fanning competes in the 2015 Oi Rio Pro World Surf League competition at Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Aussie surfer Mick Fanning has jumped back to the top of the world surfing rankings, after winning the Hurley Pro in California.

The win came two months to the day after Fanning made world headlines when he fought off a terrifying shark attack in South Africa.

On Saturday, the NSW surfing champion unseated world #1 Adriano De Souza in the final to take the trophy and De Souza's ranking. Fanning now leads the World Surfing League rankings table, with fellow Aussie surfers Owen Wright and Julian Wilson in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Fanning scored 17.44 in the final, just pipping De Souza on 16.44. Fanning scored a near-perfect 9.77 on his third wave of the final -- watch video of that ride here.

There are three events of the world tour left: in France, then Portugal (where Fanning is defending champion), before the finale in Hawaii in December.