Joel Parkinson rings the Bell
In clean 4-6ft Bells, Parko'šÃ„Ã¶?Ã‘? ¥s frontside hacks and smooth transitions were absolutely flawless, defeating CJ Hobgood and Jordy Smith on the way to the final.
Today'šÃ„Ã¶?Ã‘? ¥s victory marks the second time Parkinson has hoisted the bell (the first being in 2004), and the reputation and acclaim associated with the iconic event is something every surfer dreams of.
"Winning at home is probably the most special win you can have but this is the most special trophy you can have," Parkinson said. "There is not another trophy in surfing that holds the prestige and honor list that this has. To be back on the trophy again and to hold it for a year is going to be amazing."
Parkinson'šÃ„Ã¶?Ã‘? ¥s win today makes it two for two thus far on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, cementing the stylish natural-footer'šÃ„Ã¶?Ã‘? ¥s place atop the ratings in the hunt for the ASP World Title.
"I took confidence from home and now from here I'šÃ„Ã¶?Ã‘? ¥ll take more," Parkinson said. "People can get caught up in the whole world title race, but I always said I wanted start the year with some results 'šÃ„Ã¶?Ã‘? ¨ I just never thought I would start this well. There are a lot of really hungry, angry surfers that are behind me and will come out so strong in the next events. I'šÃ„Ã¶?Ã‘? ¥m just showing up to the next event with my same game plan and taking things step by step. I'šÃ„Ã¶?Ã‘? ¥ve said since the Gold Coast that the World Title is a marathon, not a sprint. There are still eight events."
While Robertson opened up strong, it was Parkinson'šÃ„Ã¶?Ã‘? ¥s forehand flair and precision that saw the Gold Coaster net an impressive 17.40 out of a possible 20 heat total for the win.
"Robbo (Adam Robertson) and I were having a great time out there," Parkinson said. "We were talking about what it takes to win and having a wonderful Final. I have to really pay Robbo a huge compliment because of his effort out here. For a wildcard and coming through the trials, he surfed so many heats, (I think nine) and what'šÃ„Ã¶?Ã‘? ¥s he accomplished is just so admirable."
He heads into the Billabong Pro Tahiti with a commanding lead atop the world ratings.
You couldn'šÃ„Ã¶?Ã‘? ¥t have scripted a better start to a 2009 world title campaign.
Well done Joel!! ¬ ¨'šÃ„'