Quarterfinalists Decided in Pumping Barrels at Billabong Rio Pro
The Billabong Rio Pro, Event No. 3 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, returned to the powerful beachbreak of Barra da Tijuca for the second consecutive day in three-to-five foot (1-1.5 metre) barrels which provided the ideal canvas for the world's best surfers to push the limits of high-performance beachbreak surfing.
Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, current ASP World No. 5, rebounded after a Round 4 loss, threading the needle on two deep barrels to earn the day's highest heat total of a near-perfect 18.33 out of 20 eliminating powerhouse Jordy Smith (ZAF), 24, in the process.
"It was just one of those heats where I waited for a while and got one good one and thought 'that could be amazing, just that one wave.'" Parkinson said. "Then I got another one. Poor Jordy (Smith) really got nothing. It was a lot like home, the good ones have a really nice draw on the water off of the bank. It's really dumpy, so you air drop into it and it's hard to find a rail. Who would have thought you'd come to Brazil and get two 9s getting barreled?"
Joel Parkinson (AUS) sidelined in third place during round three.