Coolangatta, Gold Coast


You get the feeling that every day is the best day of Joel Parkinson's life.  The guy's got it all; the loving family, enough mates to populate a small sovereign nation, a top turn that melts butter. It's easy to understand why the split-watermelon smile has become the Joel Parkinson trademark.  It's July 1999, and an 18-year-old whippet from the Gold Coast is about to re-write surfing history on the hallowed walls of Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa. After scoring a wildcard start in the contest, the kid from Coolangatta paddles out against the world's best surfers... Read More



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    Coolangatta, Gold Coast
    Major accomplishments
    2012 ASP World Champion, 3X Triplecrown champion
    Coolest place you've ever been
    Favorite food
    Fresh fish
    Billabong, Von Zipper, Kustom, JS Industries
    Living person you most admire
    My wife
    Never leave home without
    Favorite spot
    Kirra, Snapper Rocks (Aus)
    When I was little I wanted to be
    Pro surfer
    JS, from JS Industries
    Magic stick
    Three 6
    If I were an animal, I would be
    Favorite book
    Tuesdays with Murray
    Word or phrase you overuse
    Occy, Matt Hoy
    Best advice ever been given
    Don't force it, let it happen

    Twitter @joelparko