Joel

Parkinson

4/10/1981

Bio

You get the feeling that every day is the best day of Joel Parkinson's life.  The guy's got it all; the loving family, enough mates to populate a small sovereign nation, a top turn that melts butter. It's easy to understand why the split-watermelon smile has become the Joel Parkinson trademark.  It's July 1999, and an 18-year-old whippet from the Gold Coast is about to re-write surfing history on the hallowed walls of Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa. After scoring a wildcard start in the contest, the kid from Coolangatta paddles out against the world's best surfers... Read More

Instagram

    Video

    • Parko's Journey to the 2012 ASP World Championship

      This video was made as part of a digital magazine to celebrate Joel Parkinson's maiden ASP World Title. A collection of clips that featuring online, including interviews from Billabong founder Gordon Merchant, and close friends and family, have been strung together for your viewing pleasure. If you haven't already seen the magazine, log onto www.billabong.com/au/parko.

    • Joel Parkinson - i surf because short film

      Surfing's smoothest ever operator tells us why he took up surfing, why he keeps coming back for more and why he has a competitive fire that burns under his cool exterior. Parko is the surfers surfer, the one everybody wants to surf like and the type of person people want to be. He has encountered the highest of highs and endured the lowest of lows throughout his surfing career and tells us his story has just begun. This i surf because short film gives you an insight into the world of Joel Parkinson

    • ASP World Champion 2012 Joel Parkinson

    Photos

    Q&A

    Date of birth
    4/10/1981
    Place of birth
    Nambour, Queensland
    Nationality
    Australian
    Hometown
    Coolangatta, Gold Coast
    Residence
    Coolangatta, Gold Coast
    Perfect day
    Hanging with the family, fishing and surfing
    Major accomplishments
    2012 ASP World Champion, 3X Triplecrown champion
    Stance
    Regular
    Coolest place you've ever been
    Fiji
    Height
    6'0" (183cm)
    Weight
    185 lbs (84 kg)
    Favorite food
    Fresh fish
    Kind of car
    Holden HSV
    Sponsors
    Billabong, Von Zipper, Kustom, JS Industries
    Living person you most admire
    My wife
    Years surfing
    29
    Never leave home without
    Boards
    Favorite spot
    Kirra, Snapper Rocks (Aus)
    When not surfing, I'm
    Chillen out
    When I was little I wanted to be
    Pro surfer
    Shaper
    JS, from JS Industries
    Magic stick
    Three 6
    If I were an animal, I would be
    Dolphin
    Favorite book
    Tuesdays with murray
    Perfect happiness
    When lifes good
    Guilty pleasure
    Ice cream
    Word or phrase you overuse
    Kinda
    Inspirations
    Occy, Matt Hoy
    Most treasured possession
    My family
    My secret talent is
    Good at directions
    Could live anywhere, where?
    No where, i love where i live
    Secret obsession
    Football
    My worst habit is
    Being a fire bug
    Value most in life
    Family and friends
    Favorite occupation
    Pro Fisherman
    My motto is
    Everybody runs there own race
    Favorite band(s)
    Wolf Mother
    Favorite board at the moment
    6'2 JS
    First thing you pack for a trip
    Surf gear, leggys, wax etc
    Hero
    Mark Richards
    Favorite way to pass time on long flights
    Sleep
    Come back in as your next life
    Dolphin
    Favorite movies
    Doco , chasing the ice
    Greatest achievement
    2012 World Title
    Favorite apps
    Shralip tide
    Favorite TV shows
    Game of thrones
    Career highlights
    2013 ASP World Champion
    Favorite surf spot
    Snapper rocks
    Who/What inspires you?
    seeing people push themselves to there limits
    Best advice ever been given
    Don't force it, let it happen

    Twitter @joelparko