13 C
Byron Shire
April 13, 2021

Parkinson dominates first heat at Surfest

Latest News

Methane: the breakfast of champion trees

A research study lead by Southern Cross University scientists has discovered an unlikely microscopic ally in the battle to reduce the amount of methane gas in the atmosphere.

Other News

Linen SHIFT project urgently needs new home

With a vision to disrupt the cycle of women’s homelessness, the Linen SHIFT project was born to provide unique individual support and education for at-risk women in a safe residential environment, but today they they have been forced to close.

Half-price quarantine a step in the right direction, says NSW Farmers’ Association

NSW Farmers’ Association says it's pleased that calls for the subsidisation of quarantine costs for agricultural workers have been heard by the NSW Government.

Is it solar fair?

Meg Pickup, Ballina The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) draft rule change will result in solar households and businesses being...

Local teams head north under new set-up for women’s AFL 

Local women’s AFL will have a shake-up this year as the Lismore Swans join the Northern Rivers league...

Lens on Lennox photo competition is open

Entries are now open for the Lennox Head Lions Club's annual photographic competition, on the theme of 'Lennox Head, Then and Now'.

Overcharging and misrepresentation

Josh Scrivener, Palmwoods Three weeks ago I looked online to buy a Bluesfest 2021 ticket. The Google ad directed me...

Joel Parkinson spending some time above the lip at the Burton Automotive Pro at Surfest. Photo WSL/Will H-S.
Joel Parkinson spending some time above the lip at the Burton Automotive Pro at Surfest. Photo WSL/Will H-S.

It was the calm before the storm yesterday in Merewether near Newcastle at the Burton Automotive Pro, as competition ran through a day of small wind groomed peaks, but all eyes have been on the surf forecast as the weekend has potential for 8 – 10 foot monster waves for an epic finish to the 30th Anniversay of Newcastle’s Surfest.

This year’s World Surf League (WSL) men’s event holds a QS6000 (Qualifying Series) rating and the Burton Automotive Women’s Classic is a QS1000 and could start tomorrow.

Local surfer and 2012 World Champion Joel Parkinson from Coolangatta scored a 9.07 for his first wave in his 2015 competitive campaign. Competition shifted 500 meters up the beach due to small conditions but there was still plenty of turn and air sections on offer.

Parkinson used every ounce of his competitive fire and experience to take the heat win over three exciting up-and-comers with Parker Coffin (USA) advancing in 2nd position while Kanoa Igarashi (USA) and local surfer Jackson Baker (AUS) were eliminated in 3rd and 4th.

‘That was an unreal start — this year I’m really keen to give it a good go in all the events’, said Parkinson. ‘I’m pretty happy to start the year with a 9-point-ride. There’s starting to be a real buzz around the event, knowing there’s a good swell coming.

‘I knew I had to grovel through a couple of early heats and we will hopefully score some amazing waves this weekend. I was up against three really talented young surfers — one of them was Jackson (Baker) and he knows this place really well.’


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Mullum’s lilac house the subject Change.org petition

The plight of a Mullum resident has touched the hearts and injustice buttons of people far and wide who feel that a requirement that she repaint her house a heritage colour and possibly pay a fine, not only ridiculous but also petty.

Overcharging and misrepresentation

Josh Scrivener, Palmwoods Three weeks ago I looked online to buy a Bluesfest 2021 ticket. The Google ad directed me to a website I believed...

What’s the real cost of ‘affordable housing’? 

With ‘affordable housing’ being the new catchcry in parts of the Northern Rivers, The Echo did a ring-around to find the cheapest rental living space in Byron Bay’s caravan parks and camping grounds.

My own pandemic imaginations

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Imagination is a powerful mechanism; I must admit I get unsettled with my own pandemic imaginations when I try to understand...