SYDNEY, New South Wales/Australia (Wednesday, September 1, 2010) – Joel Parkinson (AUS), 29, has been sidelined with injury the past two events and won’t be returning to the water until late October. That said, with a red-hot ASP World Title Race as well as the midyear field reduction going down in Tahiti yesterday, the affable natural-footer tuned in on FUEL TV to catch what went down. Surfing World caught up with Joel as he weighed in on the day’s proceedings. This…is their story…
SW: It was a big morning in Tahiti… a lot of crucial heats with careers on the line. Did you get up early and tune in?
JP: I hoped to get up for Kieren and Andy’s heats, but they were a bit too early. I woke up at five minutes to six, just in time for Deano’s heat with Tommy. I actually found it that heat really hard to watch. It was two good mates of mine and you know the tour was pretty well over for whoever lost. I don’t think they’re going to be able to make it now this year. It was really tough to watch and unfortunately Tommy lost. I didn’t see Dingo’s round three heat but I heard he lost in the last 10 seconds. I’m so glad I didn’t watch it. That would have been heartbreaking. Poor fella, I’m really feeling for him.
I’m not sure where Dingo sits on the ratings now that he lost that heat, but I don’t think it looks good. I saw Rabbit down the street before and he was really upset about it.
It’s been heavy for all the guys who have their careers on the line, but it’s also produced some of the best surfing for a second round we’ve ever seen. You can smell the desperation, eh?
It was some of the best surfing I’ve seen in a second round, for sure. There was so much on the line and you could see it in the way those guys surfed. There was a lot of desperation, a lot of wrap-around cutbacks onto dry reef. I guess you’d never do…
For the full interview, check out SURFING WORLD’s ‘The Parko Report’
For more on JOEL PARKINSON, check out his ASP WORLD TOUR PROFILE
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