Julian Wilson verses Gabriel Medina was in effect a dead rubber final - as far as the title race was concerned. The interest in the title race ended with Joel Parkinson's exit.
Joel is a canny competitor, he had a tough route to the final through John John Florence and Gabby Medina. With Kelly and Fanning's exit, every heat win was an inch of blue water at the top of the table. Two years ago he had the lead until Pipe, eventually falling to Fanning who gained momentum late in the season. 2012 had looked like Kelly was going to do the same and a win against Medina would guarantee Parko another solid keeper. That wasn't to be. Parkinson was unable to find a rhythm against Medina in the semis.
"Conditions were just terrible then," Parkinson said. 'This one rip went through and kind of messed it for a while and that was it. When we watched it earlier, there were barrels out there, it was kind of like before, but it seemed as soon as the tide started pushing it just turned bad. It's a bummer, but that happens sometimes and you just have to roll with it.
"An Equal 3rd is good. I'm really enjoying myself. If you had told me six weeks ago that between Trestles and now, I'd have two second places and a third, I would have probably taken it instead of a 9th and all that so bring on Santa Cruz."