JOEL Parkinson looked unhurried as he claimed his second title at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay. Joel said, "It was one of those sweet victories knowing it was ten years ago I first won here. Taking off from 'Boneyards' Parkinson wasted no time smashing a 9.47 on his opening wave. The wave exhibited the Australian's unparalleled mastery of the Jeffreys Bay lineup, a symphony of beautiful forehand arcs and committed barrel riding.
I knew the waves were dying down towards the end of the day and it was going to be important to get on the board early in Final, Parkinson said. I've been sitting up the point at Boneyards for most of the event and trying to find the ones that would run all the way down the point - that one was no different. As I stood up I had a really nice line on it and I tried to make the most of it. Turned out to be a crucial part of the heat
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Unfortunately for Hobgood, inconsistency plagued the back half of his Final clash with Parkinson and the Floridian was unable to find a rhythm in the challenging conditions. However, today's Runner-Up finish marks second career result at the venue for Hobgood (the other to Slater in 2003), an impressive feat for a goofy-footer.
It's an honour to come here every year, Hobgood said. The place is magical and it's just so beautiful. It's easy to get distracted by how beautiful it looks when waves are coming down the point. Joel (Parkinson) opened up with that really good wave and at that point, the only thing I could do was pray for an 8-footer to come through. It's not an easy wave for goofy-footer's to excel at, but I feel really fortunate to finish in the Final. It's a great result for me.
Troubled in his earlier heats by board choice Dane looked stiff initially. However suddenly he bonded with the wave and began to unleash his bag of tricks. Speaking later he admitted that the pressure of man-on-man elimination heats have in the past really got to him. He eventually lost a wave-starved semifinal to Hobgood, but not before impressively stamped his authority on today's proceedings.
It was a bit of a bummer to have things die down like that after the quarterfinals, Dane said. I'm still happy to be here though. The waves were so much fun that it didn't even really feel like a contest.
Kai Otton was another goofy-footer to bust through Jeffreys Bay's challenging walls on his backhand, besting Dean Morrison in the quarterfinals before going down in a tit-for-tat shootout with eventual winner Parkinson in the semis. Otton's equal 3rd place finish bumps him from 27th to 19th on the ASP World Tour ratings.
I came to Jeffreys really trying to focus on getting a result here, he said. For me, that means not thinking in heats, and just surfing, so that seemed to work out pretty well. It can be a difficult wave for goofy-footer's to do well at, but I really think the size helped throughout the event. It allowed us to open up a bit more as it wasn't breaking really fast on the bricks.
Tom Curren borrowed one of Kelly Slater's boards for his Clash of the Icons match-up against Occy. Unfortunately it didn't prove to be that much of a good idea - Tom lost to Occy making it 9 victories all. Both promise to reprise their rivalry at another Dream Tour event later this year. Curren said he wants to surf at Mundaka, primarily because it means he will get the crowded break pretty much to himself.
The next stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour will be the Hurley Pro Trestles in Southern California from September 13 - 19, 2009.
I'm going to probably have to win three straight now to get back in this thing, Kelly Slater said. If you do the numbers, I think before this contest, Parko (Joel Parkinson) was ten heats ahead of me, and if I want to contend, I need to catch up. That obviously wasn't happening for me today.
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BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY FINAL RESULTS:
1 - Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.97
2 - Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.94
BILLABONG PRO JEFFREYS BAY SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.83 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 16.47
SF 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.73 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 13.67
2009 ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10:
1 - Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5076 pts
2 - C.J. Hobgood (USA) 3672 pts
3 - Adriano de Souza (BRA) 3613 pts
4 - Taj Burrow (AUS) 3460 pts
5 - Damien Hobgood (USA) 3374 pts
6 - Bobby Martinez (USA) 3357 pts
7 - Mick Fanning (AUS) 3350 pts
8 - Kelly Slater (USA) 3030 pts
9 - Tom Whitaker (AUS) 2942 pts
10 - Jordy Smith (ZAF) 2896 pts