Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30, defending Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach winner, was a standout throughout the entire event, dominating the Bells Bowl and Rincon sections with an unmatched affinity. However, the stylish natural-footer would fall to Gold Coast stable mate Fanning in the Semifinals despite an impressive array of scores.
"I told Mick (Fanning) to ring that thing," Parkinson said. "He beat me and I hope he beats Kelly (Slater). No one is more deserving. He's come close so many times and put more time in here than anyone. If it wasn't me, I couldn't think of anyone else I'd want to see win it. We've had lots of battles and today I couldn't get a good turn in. I was hoping for more waves and I was hoping to surf it out rather than sit it out. It'd be great to see Mick win it today. He's a Kirra boy and he deserves it in memory of him, Michael (Peterson) was such a Kirra legend and Mick too, and I couldn't think of a more fitting end to the day."
Parkinson's Equal 3rd today bumps him to No. 4 on the ASP World Championship Tour ratings heading into the next event.
Jeremy Flores (FRA), 23, posted two massive wins today over lethal rookie John John Florence (AUS), 19, and form goofy-footer Owen Wright (AUS), 22. The young Frenchmen dissected the Bells walls with unmatched precision, but a priority interference in his Semifinal bout with Slater would see Flores bundled out with an Equal 3rd.
"I'm disappointed with the result," Flores said. "I feel like I was surfing really well and I didn't agree with the interference call. That's surfing though so I just have to brush it off and focus on the next one."
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