Joel Parkinson, 30 (AUS) has given Coolangatta, and the rest of Australia, a bloody good reason to get on the cans tonight; he’s just won the 2011 Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach Victoria, presented by Ford Ranger (and he gets to ring the famous Bell!). In its 50th competition year, Parkinson got over the top of fellow Cooli kid, and close friend, Mick Fanning, 29, (AUS), to secure his 10th tour win overall, and increase his rankings on the tour leader board.
A max capacity crowd gathered at the water’s edge to watch the two Aussie boys go head to head in the final of the longest running ASP tour event. Getting off to an early start, Parkinson secured an 8.53, and not long after, backed it up with 7.60. Parkinson pulled out the moves early, leaving Fanning sitting out back, pondering his next move. With Fanning being the inform surfer over the whole competition period, Parkinson had to act quickly, and that he did.
Fanning responded with beautiful high-speed curvy turns and trademark cutbacks, but it wasn’t enough to catch Parkinson. In the dying seconds, Parkinson used his priority to stop Fanning taking off on a beauty of a wave, and as a result, he secured a 10 point ride.
Parkinson received the highest wave score for the entire competition in the finals (a perfect 10), however, Fanning took second and third places with a 9.93 (round 4) and a 9.70 (Semis). Fanning surfed amazingly throughout the event, notching up the highest total score 19.10 (round 4) and an 18.97 (Semis). Both boys had good heats, with consistent wins, and good scores over their opponents, with the final coming down to who had enough juice left in their tank, and who could select the best waves.
The last time the boys surfed head to head was in 2009 at Kirra, Queensland, where Parkinson came out triumphant. With the Rip Curl pro event in full swing from day two, the competition wraps up quickly on Easter Sunday, which it has not done for some period of time.
Highlighted above, a packed Bells beach for the 2011 Rip Curl Pro final.
The men now travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Billabong Rio Pro, May 11th – 22nd.
At the end of the second event of the season the current leaderboard stands with:
1st Kelly Slater (USA), 15200 pts
2nd Joel Parkinson (AUS), 14000 pts
3rd Jordy Smith (ZAF), 13000 pts
4th Adriano De Souza (BRA), 10500 pts
5th Tiago Pires (PRT), 10500 pts
And in other surf news..
The Rip Curl search event has named its destination for stop 10 of the ASP world tour. This year, the surfers will be charging ‘somewhere in San Francisco’. Stay tuned for more information.