Parkinson takes out Quicky
THE Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast was a great showdown for the last day of the event and finally going back to the true epicentre of the old Gold Coast, Kirra.
If any of you have seen this famous right-hand point in full cry it would be very hard to imagine that it wasn't the wave that you dreamt of, well, if you are a natural footer anyway.
Joel Parkinson towelled the field all the way through the event and looked hands down the form surfer all event and it was great to see him take out this year's event.
He did win the event way back in 2002 but has since been unlucky and now with a new training regime looks in vicious form and now sits as the current world number 1 and hopefully he will sit up there all year on his own.
In my eyes he is the easiest surfer in the world to watch. Sure he isn't quite as spontaneous as Kelly Slater but his style is as natural as Tommy Curren or maybe a touch smoother and just as graceful.
I probably just ruffled a few feathers then but it's great that we have surfers like this in our day and age to admire as it may be some time before we see greats like these.
Joel beat young Brazilian Adriano de Souza in the final and unfortunately the young fella only got to grab some quick experience as Joel at his home break had two 8-point rides and perfect 10 in the bank before Adriano got the ball rolling.
The 2007 world champ Mick Fanning who is Joel's best mate also felt the Parkinson force in their semi-final with Joel whipping up a near perfect 9.93 and another perfect 10 to finish the semi.
These two are best of mates and their friendly rivalry stems back years to their local boardrider events and I'm sure they still do rocks, scissors, paper for who gets the first wave to cut out all the hassling pre heat to win positioning.
Kelly Slater slipped to young Julian Wilson in the third round which does put his aspirations for a 10th world title on ice for a while and the whole tour would be a little shocked as it is possibly his worst result for at least a couple of years.
Don't be fooled though as he just may string three or four wins on the trot.
The Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach is the next event on the World Championship Tour set down for April 7-18 and this will prove another awesome Easter event and hope to see some more great Aussie waves on fire for the best 45 surfers in the world.