After an exciting 5 days of intense competition in sensational fashion, Joel Parkinson (AUS), 30 has claimed the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
Parkinson with the Bell - Rip Curl
His victory was a big one over the former two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 29, in a solid 2 – 2.5 meter (six-to-eight foot) waves at Bells Beach.
Parkinson ripping the wave - Rip Curl
Parkinson opened up with an 8.53 on the first ride of the heat and sealed the deal with a Perfect 10.
Mick Fanning holding it down
“To me, Mick (Fanning) has been the form surfer of the event and I was never going to take him lightly,” Parkinson said. “I think we both had the same game plan of getting the first good one that came through and putting the momentum behind us.
A Classic Bells Finish
We scrapped for that first wave and I got the nod. Eve though it was a mid-0, I knew I needed a lot more to hold him off so I just kept the pressure on from there.”
Although Mick Fanning had lost this year’s title, he deserves a notable praise for his performance, and what better way to celebrate it than his very own watch—The Ultimate Midnight Watch. When you buy from NuWatches, we offer a FREE shipping with a 30-Day-Money-Back-Guarantee.
Due to yesterday’s low waves, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was postponed to today the 20th. At 7:30am this morning, Round 1 had commenced to the 1.5 to 2 meters waves (four-to-six foot) at Bells Beach.
Australia’s Mick Fanning (2007, 2009) and American Kelly Slater (2008, 2010) have been dueling it out for the past four years, they have laid down impressive scores in round one.
Fanning scored a 15.60 from a possible 20 this morning, it looked set to be the day’s best score but Slater topped it at 16 points to win his round one heat.
Later in the morning, Joel Parkinson had claimed the highest heat score of the day, 17.74 points to move automatically through to the third round along with Slater and Fanning.
As for the women’s division, Stephanie Gilmore from Australia had scored the highest with 16.30, with Sally Fitzgibbons also from Australia closely behind with 16.10, and Silvana Lima from Brazil with a 14.94. Back in 2009, Lima had upset Gilmore’s run. All the heat winners have the luxury of moving on to the next round, while the 2nd and 3rd place will face sudden death in round 2. Be sure to keep a close eye on the event, as this is the 50th anniversary so it will be very exciting.
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