Report and highlights: Parkinson Dominates
Following his third win in five World Tour stops, Parkinson said, "It's been ten years since I've been coming so it's a special day. I just have a good relationship with the wave here, it reminds me of the wave I grew up on as a kid, and that was some of the best JBay I've ever seen. It is definitely one of those sweet victories. That [first] wave was definitely the key.There was a bit of cat and mouse and I hate hastling, but that wave definitely came down to a paddle battle." Parkinson now sits over 1400 points clear at the top of the World Tour standings, with CJ Hobgood moving into second.
Parkinson nailed two 10 point rides at JBay, although he had trouble recalling them following the contest, "Getting those (10 point) waves at JBay is unreal. You get to the end and you go, wooaah what happened. I can’t really remember this morning’s ten pointer."
Fellow finalist Damien Hobgood struggled to challenge Parko's early wave score, saying, "This place is magical, and you can get lost of the beauty of it. I just tried to focus on surfing the heat rather than admiring the beauty. I went deep in the beginning, Parko loves to sit deep and get that first one, he has this nack of sitting in Boneyards and getting that first wave. But he got underneath me and made it happen." Damien now moves up into fifth place in the overall standings.
Special mention has to go to Dane Reynolds who came close to a perfect heat total, finishing his quarter final on 19.20 points out of 20. He won the $10,000 Nixon WTA watch.
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