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Surfer Profile Joel Parkinson

Surfer Profile Joel Parkinson

 Top Rank #1 in the ASP World Title Championship

Joel Parkinson (31, Coolangatta, Qld)

Born Joel Leslie Parkinson
10 April 1981 (age 31

Residence Tweed Heads, New South Wales Australia

Sponsors: Billabong, Von Zipper, Kustom, JS Industries
Years On Tour: 11
Stance: Regular

Major achievements Two ASP World Junior Championships, ASP World Title Runner- Up in 2002 and 2004, Perfect 20 at Billabong Pipeline Masters (2008), Vans Hawaiian Triple Crown of Surfing Winner (2008)

Main Shaper: JS, from JS Industries
Traveling Quiver: Three 6’2”x18-3/8×2-1/4; 6’6”x18-3/8×2-1/4
Inspirations: Kelly Slater, Mark Occhilupo and Matt Hoy
Training: Surfing, running, Cross training
Favorite Music: Anything from Donavan to Metallica
Other Interests: Cars, Watching my favorite footy team play

A highly successful competitive surfer, Parkinson has won ten elite ASP tour victories as of April 2011

ASP World Tour Wins
Year Event Venue Country
1999 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay  South Africa
2002 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast, Queensland  Australia
2002 Rip Curl Cup Sunset Beach, Oahu Hawaii Hawaii
2004 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Victoria  Australia
2004 Boost Mobile Pro Trestles, California  United States
2006 Quiksilver Pro France Hossegor  France
2009 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast, Queensland  Australia
2009 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Victoria  Australia
2009 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay  South Africa
2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Victoria  Australia

Joel Parkinson is an Australian Surfer who competes in the ASP World Tour.  Known as “Parko” was born in Namboro and grew up on the Gold Coast with fellow surfer Mike Fanning.  He started surfing as a child with his father’s surfboard.  “Parko” soon was competing in contests with his friends Dean Morrison and Mike Fanning.  The three of them were known as “the Coolangatta kids”.  It was during these years that Parko developed his own style and won the ASP World Junior Championship.  He became the youngest surfer to win a Billabong contest, at a world event.

In 2001 Parko graduated to the WCT finishing 21st in his rookie year.  In 2002 he climbed to second position where his fast growing reputation as a serious title contender became apparent.  2003 he dropped to fifth, Parko refocused in 2004.  2005 his first child was born and although Parko doesn’t regret missing two events to be there for the birth of baby Evie some wonder if Andy irons would have claimed that title if he hadn’t.   2006 Parko  has a solid start with ninth and a second from the two Australian events.  2007 saw Parko once again finish in the top five with a solid string of results bar one slip up at he Boost Mobile Pro at Trestles in California.  While he was in the running he lacked the event wins he needed to claim world title.   2009 Parko’s three victories at the Billabong Pro Jeffries Bay, Rip C Pro Bells Beach and Quicksilver Pro gold coast ranked him back to #2.    In 2011 Parko ranks #2 .

2012 as Parkinson is the current rankings leader on the ASP WCT, the following ASP World Title scenarios will be based on his potential finishes at Pipeline.

If Parkinson finishes 13th, 9th or 5th at the Billabong Pipe Masters:
– Slater needs a 5th or higher to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
– Fanning needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.*
*Contingent upon Slater finishing 5th or Lower at Pipeline.

If Parkinson finishes Equal 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters:
– Slater needs a 3rd or higher to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
– Fanning needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.*
*Contingent upon Slater finishing 5th or Lower at Pipeline.

If Parkinson finishes 2nd at the Billabong Pipe Masters:
– Slater needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
– Fanning cannot win the 2012 ASP World Title.

If Parkinson wins the Billabong Pipe Masters, he will take the 2012 ASP World title.

The Billabong Pipe Masters, the third jewel of the Vans Hawaiian Triple Crown of Surfing, will be run from December 8 – 20, 2012.

Joel Parkinson can be found when he is not competing at his home in Tweed Heads with his wife and two daughters.

See you at the beach!