Day 2 Of Billabong Pipeline Masters
HALEIWA, Hawaii (Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008) - Joel Parkinson (AUS) surfed a perfect heat to etch his name in the history books at the Billabong Pipeline Masters today. The current World No. 4 scored two perfect 10s to become the only surfer to earn a perfect 20 out of 20 heat total at Pipeline. Parkinson eliminated Vans Triple Crown front-runner Dusty Payne (HAW) in the process.
"I never thought I would get two perfect 10s," Parkinson said. "It's not something you hear about every day, so I'd never really thought about doing it. I definitely claimed it like I had won an event for a second, but then I had to settle down and tell myself, 'All you did was make a heat!' The next heat I paddle out for, I'll have to remember that."
Nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) is the only other surfer to score a perfect 20 out of 20. He did so in a 2005 final at Teahupoo, Tahiti to win the contest.
"Kelly did it in unreal fashion, mine was a just in a third round heat, but it's at Pipe and it's definitely something that when I grow old, I'll think, 'I did something in my career; my name's next to Kelly's on that one,'" Parkinson said.
Parkinson finished fifth in Halewia and Sunset - the first two legs of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing - and with Nos. 1 and 2 Payne and C.J. Hobgood (USA) losing today, has a good chance to take it out.
"That was a big heat for the Triple Crown for sure," Parkinson said. "I have to start thinking more about the Triple Crown now. I have to forget about those 10s and start surfing heats from now on and not get too ahead of myself."
Joel Parkinson used the Backdoor to score two perfect rides in Round 3. Photo: Rowland/Covered Images/Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Slater surfed his first Triple Crown heat since clinching ASP World Title No. 9 today and was not surprised by Parkinson's performance earlier in the day.
"I'd expect Parko to be the guy to do that." Slater said. "He is such a magnet and not every guy can get in sync like Parko does; he gets on a roll and it gets scary. He will probably go on to win the Triple Crown judging from the heat he had today."
Slater has won the Pipeline Masters a record five times, but is taking a very laid back approach to the event in 2008. He has already won five events of the nine he has competed in this season.
"A win at Pipe would be great, but to be honest with you, it doesn't really matter at this point," Slater said. "Not that Pipe doesn't matter, but I'm just enjoying not having the constant contest stress. If I win it is definitely a huge bonus, but in a way, I'd like to see somebody else win - someone who hasn't won it before. I've got a couple, Andy's got a couple, Bede won one last year. Maybe it's Parko's year."
Parkinson has never won a Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title or a Billabong Pipeline Masters.
He has made the finals of the Pipe Masters twice before, finishing fourth place in 2007 and runner-up in 2003.
ASP World Tour surfers not making the cut for the 2009 tour after losing today include Daniel Wills, Dean Morrison (AUS), who lost to four-time Pipeline Champion Andy Irons (HAW) in the last heat of the day, Pancho Sullivan (HAW) and Ben Dunn (AUS).
With bad weather and windy conditions forecast for Thursday the Bilabong Pipeline Masters will most likely not run. Instead, a new West/Northwest swell is forecast for Friday and is looking good for the final day of competition for the Billabong Pipeline Masters.
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The $815,000 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing consists of the
Reef Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, Nov. 12-23 (6* WQS, men and women), the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, Nov.24-Dec.6 (6*WQS men), The Roxy Pro, Sunset Beach, Nov.24-Dec.6 (WCT women), the Billabong Pipeline Masters (men), Pipeline, Dec. 8-20 (WCT); and the Billabong Pro Maui (women), Honolua Bay, Maui, Dec. 8-20 (WCT).
In addition to $815,000 in prize money, which includes a $10,000 bonus for both the men's and women's Vans Triple Crown champions, the men's champion will also receive a custom Nixon watch.