Parko's return from almost cutting his heel off was welcomed unanimously and everyone waited with baited breath to see whether the defending Triple Crown champ had lost any of his flow.
He opened his account at the Reef Hawaiian Pro with a perfect 10 and the highest heat score of the competition which settled any worries about him hobbling down the wave.
"I couldn't ask for a better place to come back after a long injury," said Parkinson. "It's a lot easier to surf when you have a wave that pushes you hard. It's really hard to surf on small little waves so it feels really good to be back in Hawaii."
"I didn't hear till midway through the heat that I got a 10, and I was like, 'I got a 10?' I thought they might have misprinted the zero or something.
"For sure, I want to defend (the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing), but you have to take it heat by heat I guess. Wave by wave. The foot feels good. I didn't think it was that good, but it feels good now.