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An Australia has taken the surfing crown at the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii. The event, which was also the third and final leg of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series, saw Joel Parkinson claim his maiden ASP World Title on Friday at the final stop of the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) season, by winning the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons.

Only Parkinson and reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 40, were in contention for the world title heading into the final day. Parkinson needed to finish one position higher to claim the title that has eluded him for the past 12 years. With Slater’s loss to Josh Kerr (AUS) in the semifinal, Parkinson’s dream became reality. Parkinson went on to beat Kerr in the final.

‘Consistency paid off,’ Parkinson said. ‘This is where I wanted to stand at the end of the year. This is what I’ve worked for my whole life. I can’t describe what this feels like. I’ve had runner-ups and ups-and-downs. I’ve been to hell and back and it makes this so much sweeter.’

Parkinson says that right now the Pipe Master World Title is surreal. ‘I figured it was going to be a pressure-cooker like a few years ago. I knew there was nothing I could do about it. It was about what I had to do, not about what he had to do. I thought, surely he (Slater) has got to peak because he had that heat with Shane (Dorian) and I knew Kerr is a danger man for him. When Kerr got that one, I felt like I was going to physically throw up. I couldn’t control my emotions at that point.

‘One day you wake up feeling good; the next day you wake up feeling like a loser. This morning I felt like a champion when I woke up. Like Andy always said, ‘I got this, huh?’ I dedicate this to my family, Dad who used to take me to contests when I was 10, my wife and my mum and kids; this is all for us.’

Parkinson has been the world-title bridesmaid four times (2002, 2004, 2009, 2011). His Billabong Pipe Masters victory is his 11th elite event win over the course of his career, and by clinching the ASP World Title he has established himself as one of the greatest surfers of all time.

Now that the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour season has come to a close, and the world’s best surfers prepare for a well-deserved break before the start of the next season, the ASP has determined which surfers will contest the 2013 ASP World Title. Australians make up half of the very top guns – the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour will commence with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at Snapper Rocks from March 2 to 13, 2013.



Top 22 from 2012 ASP WCT Rankings:

– Joel Parkinson (AUS)

– Kelly Slater (USA)

– Mick Fanning (AUS)

– John John Florence (HAW)

– Adriano de Souza (BRA)

– Taj Burrow (AUS)

– Gabriel Medina (BRA)

– Josh Kerr (AUS)

– Julian Wilson (AUS)

– Owen Wright (AUS)

– Jeremy Flores (FRA)

– Jordy Smith (ZAF)

– CJ Hobgood (USA)

– Adrian Buchan (AUS)

– Michel Bourez (PYF)

– Damien Hobgood (USA)

– Miguel Pupo (BRA)

– Alejo Muniz (BRA)

– Kieren Perrow (AUS)

– Bede Durbidge (AUS)

– Travis Logie (ZAF)

– Kai Otton (AUS)


Top 10 from 2012 ASP World Rankings (barring double qualifiers):

– Sebastien Zietz (HAW)

– Kolohe Andino (USA)

– Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

– Glenn Hall (IRL)

– Brett Simpson (USA)

– Filipe Toledo (BRA)

– Adam Melling (AUS)

– Nat Young (USA)

– Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)

– Tiago Pires (PRT)


Two ASP Wildcards:

– Dusty Payne (HAW)

– Raoni Monteiro (BRA)


ASP WCT Replacements (in the event of athlete withdrawal):

1 – Patrick Gudauskas (USA) – next on ASP World Ranking

2 – Yadin Nicol (AUS) – next on ASP WCT

3 – Willian Cardoso (BRA) – second on ASP World Ranking

4 – Heitor Alves (BRA) – second on ASP WCT

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com.


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