Reigning world champion surfer Joel Parkinson wins the Oakley Pro Bali after having surfed the perfect heat, claiming two 10-point barrel rides in Round 5 vs. John John Florence. From there he defeated Michel Bourez in the finals in four-to-six foot surf at the famous right-hand wave, Keramas.
“Over the years I’ve been coming here, there have been odd moments where you get a wave like that but never the kind of frequency we had in that heat,” Parko said. “That was just magic. We were throwing away 9s and John (Florence) was nearly sticking 8-foot corked out rotations. The kid can do it all and he was never one I was going to take lightly.”
This sends the 2012 world champion from seventh to third on the ASP World Tour ratings, hot on the heels of good mate Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater. The Oakley Pro Bali marks midseason of the Dream Tour and is Parko’s first event win of the year.
“That was amazing,” Parko said. “That was the coolest experience coming up the sand. It wasn’t the greatest of the finals and I knew it wasn’t over. I figured if I got the best wave towards the end figured I’d have a chance. Michel (Bourez) ripped and was probably the most in form surfer of the event. I dropped off my four fin back to my three fin and just didn’t get a good pump in that one good barrel and was hoping it didn’t lose me the final. From then on I knew I had to go to do turns.”
The next stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour will be the Billabong Pro Teahupo. Last year Fanning took down Parko in the finals to take the win at Teahupoo, watch the event August 15-26.
OAKLEY PRO BALI FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.86
2 – Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.67