Joel Parkinson grew up surfing at Snapper Rocks. His formative years were spent surfing alongside childhood friend, Mick Fanning. Here, Joel developed his own style while also winning the ASP World Junior Championship. He became the youngest surfer to win a Billabong Contest at Jeffrey’s Bay, a world event. In 2004, 2009 and 2011 he was ranked number 2, making his own record.
During the December 2008 Pipeline Masters third-round heat in Hawaii, he matched Kelly Slater’s 2005 record of two perfect 10-point rides under the world tour’s two-best-waves scoring system. Parkinson went on to win the Triple Crown of Surfing for 2008 and then again in 2009 and 2010. Another career highlight was in 2012 when he was crowned the 2012 World Surfing League World Champion.
A highly successful competitive surfer, Joel has won twelve world tour events including the prestigious Pipeline Masters in December 2012. Joel has featured in dozens of surf movies and featured on scores of surfing magazine covers. He is looking forward to giving something back to the local surf community through his Ambassadorship for the Lindisfarne Sports Academy
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