Joel Parkinson : photo Billabong
Practice Makes Parko Perfect
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 December, 2008 : - - Oahu, HI. - Australian Joel Parkinson made history yesterday at the Billabong Pipeline Masters by surfing a perfect heat in the third round. The 27-year-old Parkinson took great advantage of the hollow, 4-to-6 foot surf (8-to 12-foot wave faces) at the fabled Hawaiian surf spot Pipeline, where conditions were nearly flawless during his heat.
Every now and then you have those random heats where everything goes your way that was one of those heats, Parkinson said. Parkinson captured two 10-point rides on breathtaking, Backdoor barrels, opting to sit deep on the inside of his fellow competitors: They were sitting deep so I went and sat really deep, he said.
This was only the second time in World Tour history that a surfer scored a 20 out of a possible 20 points in a single heat. The last person to score two perfect rides in a heat was 9-time World Champion Kelly Slater, 36, at Teahupoo. Slater scored the two-10s in the final of the Billabong Pro Tahiti in 2005, he went on to win the event.
Kelly did it in pretty unbelievable fashion, Parkinson admitted. Mine was just in a third round heat at Pipe. Despite downplaying the drama of his achievement, Pakinsons third round heat was critical in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing overall rankings.
While claiming two perfect scores, Pakinson defeated Mauis Dusty Payne, 19. Payne was leading the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing overall ratings while Parkinson was ranked third. With yesterdays heat victory, Parkinson puts himself in great position to win his first Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Championship. Parkinson has made the finals of the Billabong Pipeline Masters twice before, once in 03 and again last year.
It was a big heat for the Triple Crown, for sure, I gotta start thinking more about the Triple Crown, Parkinson said. I gotta forget about those two 10s, start surfing heats and not get too ahead of myself. Ill think about the tens after the event.