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by Ed Temperley on Monday 17th December, 2012 31716 Views
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JOEL Parkinson claims a maiden double: his first World Championship title and his first event win of the year at the Billabong Pipe Masters Champion.
It's very rare for someone to win the ASP World Title before they've won any events but that's what happened to the ultra consistent Parko. Only Joel and reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater were in contention for the world title heading into the final day. Parkinson needed to finish one position higher to claim the title which had eluded him for the past 12 years. With Slater's loss to Josh Kerr in the semi-final, Parkinson's dream became reality. Parkinson then went on to beat Kerr in the final.
"Consistency paid off," Parkinson said. "This is where I wanted to stand at the end of the year. This is what I've worked for my whole life. I can't describe what this feels like. I've had runner-ups and ups-and-downs. I've been to hell and back and it makes this so much sweeter. All the love from Hawaii and Australia and over the world, I can't thank you all enough for supporting me." © 2013 ASP/Cestari
Parkinson has been the world title bridesmaid four times (2002, 2004, 2009, 2011). His Billabong Pipe Masters victory is his 11th elite event win over the course of his career, and by clinching the ASP World Title has established himself as one of the greatest surfers of all time.
Joel Parkinson 2012 ASP WCT Results:
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: 5th
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: 3rd
Billabong Rio Pro: 2nd
Volcom Fiji Pro: 9th
Billabong Pro Tahiti: 2nd
Hurley Pro at Trestles: 2nd
Quiksilver Pro France: 3rd
Rip Curl Pro Portugal: 3rd
O'Neill Coldwater Classic: 5th
Billabong Pipe Masters: WINNER © 2013 ASP/Cestari
"I missed Brazil because I had a cut in my heel and couldn't really turn," Slater said. "I figured I'd just rest up and get focused. Probably the one that hurt the worst was Teahupo'o. I made two or three mistakes in a row and Ricardo (dos Santos) got a 9.8 with seven seconds left. I had a bad string over the last few months. It kind of fell apart after France. Portugal was a tough one and Santa Cruz, I was just real wobbly.
"For whatever reason, the momentum went in Parko's direction. It was cool that it came down to this, it would have been cooler to have it come down to the Final. Joel's been on tour for 10 or 11 years now and been in the hunt ever since he started. He's an amazing surfer. He's just the guy that makes it look easy. He can pull whatever our when he needs to," said Slater. © 2013 ASP/Cestari
Josh Kerr battled his way to a career first ASP WCT Final. The Australian suffered a heavy wipeout in his round four heat with Slater and Gabriel Medina (BRA), resulting in a brief trip to the hospital. After medical clearance, Kerr overcame the setback to take it all the way to the final.
"It's been a hectic day," Kerr said. "My first heat, I've been having nerve damage in my neck and my left side went numb when I fell. I had to get an x-ray and made it back for my next heat and made it through to the final. Congrats to Parko as well. I'll be back next year and hopefully one place better."
Kerr finishes the 2012 ASP season ranked No. 8 on the ASP WCT rankings. © 2013 ASP/Cestari
John John Florence (HAW) - 2012 ASP Rookie of the Year.
John John Florence (HAW) - Hawaiian Airlines Airshow Winner - best aerial of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series.
Awarded earlier: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) - 2012 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing champion.
BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS FINAL RESULT:
1 - Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.17 - US$75,000
2 - Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.83 - US$30,000
BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.30 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.63
SF 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.13 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 4.90
BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.83 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.17
QF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.50 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 9.40
QF 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.00 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.17
QF 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.73 def. Shane Dorian (HAW) 18.20 © 2013 ASP/Cestari
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