SAN CLEMENTE, California/USA (Tuesday, August 3, 2010) – Joel Parkinson (AUS), 29, is one of the best surfers in the world. It’s one of the comforting things in the surfing world that’s not up for discussion – it’s an absolute fact. The stylish natural-footer is as adept at shredding 2-foot Duranbah as he is at threading the barrel in 20-foot Sunset. After a rampaging start to 2009, Parkinson fell to injury and watched a potential ASP World Title slip away to Gold Coast stablemate Mick Fanning (AUS), 29. This season, Parkinson came back with a vengeance, but once again succumbed to nasty injury days before the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay. Surfing Magazine caught up with Parkinson to get the latest diagnosis and an estimate on when he’ll hit the water once again. This…is their story…
SURFING: What’s the status on the injury.
JOEL PARKINSON: Well, the cut was real bad. But it’s really the fact that I severed through the muscle that holds the arch of my foot and the tendon behind that, the one holds all your toes in line. So, basically, I severed through that tendon and that muscle, so my arch was split in two. That’s the part that’s gonna take a long time to heal.
The photos look like something out of a First Aid manual.
It’s not pretty. But the surgeon was stoked on how it all went. The cut is already healed real good, but the hard part is that I can’t stand on it for six weeks. That’s how long it’s gonna take to heal ‘cause I’ve severed through the muscles and tendons. It all has to bind back together before I can walk.
So, how long ‘til you’re surfing again?
The doctor said I won’t surf until…
For full interview, check out SURFING’s ‘Hey, When’s Parko Coming Back?’