Joel Parkinson

Joel Parkinson (born 10 April 1981) is an Australian surfer who used to compete on the WSL (World Surf League). After twelve years competing at the elite level on the ASP World Championship Tour, a stretch that saw him win eleven elite ASP World Title Events, plus nine additional ASP tour events, and achieve runner-up second place to the ASP World Title four times,[2] Parkinson won the ASP World Championship Tour Surfing Title on 14 December 2012 in Hawaii at the Banzai Pipeline during the ASP World Tours' final event for 2012–the Billabong Pipeline Masters.[3] Parkinson hung on in a back and forth battle with eleven-time ASP World Title holder, Kelly Slater, to get his first World Title, as well as go on to win the Pipeline Masters, only after Slater lost his semi-final heat to Josh Kerr, of Queensland, Australia. Parkinson beat Kerr in the finals of the event, which was his seventh top-five placing for the year, and his first event title win for 2012.[4]

Joel Parkinson
Joel Parkinson in 2009
Personal information
BornJoel Leslie Parkinson
(1981-04-10) 10 April 1981 (age 40)
Nambour, Queensland, Australia
ResidenceTweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
Surfing career
Best year1st – 2012 ASP World Tour; 2nd – 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2011
Career earnings$2,133,720
SponsorsBillabong, JS Industries, Von Zipper
Major achievementsASP World Title 2012, Two ASP World Junior Championships, ASP World Title Runner- Up in 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2011, Perfect 20 at Billabong Pipeline Masters (2008), Vans Hawaiian Triple Crown of Surfing Winner (2008)[1]
Surfing specifications
StanceNatural (regular) foot

Early lifeEdit

Known as Parko, he was born in Nambour, Queensland and grew up on Queensland's Gold Coast with fellow surfer Mick Fanning.[5] He started surfing as a child, with his father's board, then he started competing with his friends Dean Morrison and, especially, Mick Fanning. He and Fanning both attended Palm Beach Currumbin State High School together. Parkinson, Fanning and Morrison became known as "The Coolangatta Kids" and it was in these formative years that he developed his own style while also winning the ASP World Junior Championship.

He became the youngest surfer to win a Billabong Contest, a world event.

In 2004, 2009 and 2011, he classified as number 2, making his own record.

A highly successful competitive surfer, Parkinson has won eleven elite ASP tour victories including the prestigious Pipeline Masters in December 2012 Sherry Singh.[1]

Another career highlight came for Parkinson during a December 2008 Pipeline Masters third-round heat in Hawaii when he matched Kelly Slater's 2005 record of two perfect 10-point rides under the world tour's two-best-waves scoring system.[6] Parkinson went on to win the Triple Crown of Surfing for 2008 and then again in 2009 and 2010.

In July 2009, while in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa Parkinson launched his new official website ''.[7]

His sponsor is Billabong, with its accessories like Von Zipper eyeglasses. He uses JS Industries surfboards.

When the waves aren't high enough, Parkinson likes to fish and to watch his favourite football team matches. He also loves cars. He has recently made a biographic video, "Free As A Dog".

ASP World Tour Wins
Year Event Venue Country
1999 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay   South Africa
2002 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast, Queensland   Australia
2002 Rip Curl Cup Sunset Beach, Oahu   Hawaii
2004 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Victoria   Australia
2004 Boost Mobile Pro Trestles, California   United States
2006 Quiksilver Pro France Hossegor   France
2009 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast, Queensland   Australia
2009 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Victoria   Australia
2009 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay   South Africa
2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Victoria   Australia
2012 Billabong Pipeline Masters North Shore (Oahu)   Hawaii
2013 Oakley Pro Bali Keramas, Bali   Indonesia

Personal lifeEdit

Parkinson has three children, Evie, Mahli and Macy to his wife Monica.[8] His cousin Mitch Parkinson is also a professional surfer.[9]

Parkinson is co-owner of Balter Brewing Company with Mick Fanning, Josh Kerr and Bede Durbidge.[10]

He had a share in the National Rugby League club Gold Coast Titans.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b Joel Parkinson. (2009)
  2. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  3. ^ [2][permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Joel Parkinson takes world surfing title after Slater's semi-final loss". The Australian. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  5. ^ Faen, Jesse (9 March 2005). "Snippets of a Determined Mind". Archived from the original on 22 December 2005. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Perfect Parkinson rides into history books". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Australian Associated Press. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
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  9. ^ "Mitch Parkinson follows the footsteps of Joel Parkinson". Pressreader. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  10. ^ Dalton, Trent (30 April 2016). "Balter brewery: Mick Fanning and his mates making beer". The Weekend Australian. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  11. ^ readFebruary 28, Michael Saunders2 min; Bulletin, 2015-1:00AMGold Coast (27 February 2015). "'I'm glad the NRL took over': Parko". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  12. ^ "Stab Magazine | Joel Parkinson loses $599k in Rugby League investment". Stab Mag. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2021.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Association of Surfing Professionals World Champion (men's)
Succeeded by