COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Wednesday, March 31, 2010) – Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, 2009 ASP World Runner-Up and Defending Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach winner, is at the top of his game. He’s fighting fit, he’s tuned his boards and his surfing as of late has been off the charts. Gearing up for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the Coolangatta style-master pontificated on his performance at the first event of the year, Dane Reynolds, ASP Judging, boards, Bells and Taj. This…is his story…
Happy with how you surfed at snapper?
Yeah I was. I thought it was unlucky that I got Dane Reynolds in that kind of form. All in all though I thought I was in pretty good shape, I had good rhythm. It was the best Dane’s surfed in a heat and it was unlucky that it was me surfing against him when it happened.
After getting so close to the title last year has it been hard to not feel deflated at the start of the new campaign this year?
Maybe I’ve felt a little bit of nervous pressure leading into Snapper, but that disappeared as soon as I surfed my first heat. After I surfed that first heat I didn’t feel any different to last year at all. My goals are the same and my focus are the same as they were in 2009.
Your thoughts on the surfing you saw at Snapper? Did you feel like it had lifted a couple of notches across the board?
Definitely. I really liked what I saw up at Snapper. The judges were really rewarding innovation and repertoire and going for it, which is a great thing. What makes a good surfer is someone who can do everything on a wave. They were rewarding that and I think that was all-time.
There’s a new head judge and a lot of new surfing in the mix at Snapper did anything surprise you in terms of how that new surfing was being interpreted by the judges?
I think they were pretty much right onto it. Maybe the only thing I’d question is how bottom turns were being scored. Guys like Mick and Kelly were…
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