Joel Parkinson...he's baaaaaacccckkk... ASL gets the Parko-fficial report.
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 October, 2010 : - - Joel Parkinson (AUS), 29, 2009 ASP World Runner-Up, has been out of commission the past four events. As youll recall, the week before the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, Parkinson suffered a horrific fin chop to his back (right) foot, relegating him to the couch for the past three months.
The stylish natural-footer missed Jeffreys Bay, Tahiti, Trestles and France, and he will miss Portugal and Puerto Rico. However, today was a turning point. Today saw Parko back in the water and on a surfboard for the first time since the injury. Australias Surfing Life (ASL) was there is get the photos and the angle. This
is their story
Snapper is cross-shore, a little lumpy. Joel Parkinson couldnt care less. Its just so good to be surfing again. Dont say I was ripping or anything jokes an uber chirpy Joel Parkinson, post-surf from his first waves since the fin chop that stopped a nation.
Its been almost 4 months to the day since he sashimied his heel at pumping Snapper. At the time it was described by surfing buddy for the day, Andy Irons, as the worst fin chop hed ever seen. After the initial few weeks of bed rest and couching it, Parkos been keeping himself busy; training hard, body-bashing in the shories and has even been seen taking to a lid, just to be back in Mother Ocean.
Its given him time to think. So far this year, the 2009 WT runner up has had to miss four events on the tour and will not be surfing in Portugal or Puerto Rico. Luckily for the surfing population, maybe not so for the blokes hell be surfing against, his next stop is Hawaii. Ive got about four
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