Joel Parkinson Claims Maiden ASP World Title
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When the day started, only Parkinson and then-reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater(USA), 40, remained in contention for this year’s crown. However, with Slater’s loss to Josh Kerr(AUS), 28, in this afternoon’s Semifinal, Parkinson’s title became a certainty.
“Consistency paid off,” Parkinson said. “This is where I wanted to stand at the end of the year. This is what I’ve worked for my whole life. I can’t describe what this feels like. I’ve had runner-ups and ups-and-downs. I’ve been to hell and back and it makes this so much sweeter. All the love from Hawaii and Australia and over the world, I can’t thank you all enough for supporting me.”
Parkinson, currently in his 12th season on the ASP WCT, has now collected 11 elite event victories in his tenure among the world’s best surfers. Over the course of his career, the stylish Australian finished runner-up to the ASP World Title four times (2002, 2004, 2009, 2011) and today’s solidification of the ASP World Title further establishes Parkinson as one of the greatest surfers of all time.
“One day you wake up feeling good the next day you wake up feeling like a loser,” Parkinson said. “This morning I felt like a Champion when I woke up. Like Andy (Irons) always said ‘I got this, huh?’ I dedicate this to my family, Dad who used to take me to contests when I was 10, my wife and my mom and kids, this is all for us.”