Joel Parkinson grew up on the Gold Coast and has been surfing most of his life. Joel Parkinson is a pro surfer from Queensland Australia and is known for his graceful yet powerful style. Pro surfer Joel Parkinson competes at the WCT championship surfing level. Joel's nickname is Parko. This is the Surfing.com Joel Parkinson biography.
Height: 183cm, 6ft Weight: 84 kg, 185.2lb
Birthday: April 10, 1981
Birthplace: Nambour, Queensland Australia
Current Home: Gold Coast, Queensland Australia
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Life Facts: Joel Parkinson grew up in Sunshine Gold Coast, Queensland Australia. From his early fascination by the age of three standing and simulating a barrel ride on his Dad's board in his backyard, pro surfer Joel Parkinson learned how to surf. By the age of 13, he moved to coolangata performing his unique style with his world known mates, Mick Fanning and Dean Morrison. This little friendly competition allowed them to progress quickly and become the championship surfers they are today.
Successes: Joel Parkinson's became famous by being the youngest surfer (as a wildcard) to win the Billabong. Joel also won the Jeffrey's Bay ASP World Tour Event in 1999. Three years later in 2002, he won at home the Gold Coast Quiksilver Pro. In 2004, Joel Parkinson won successively the Boost Mobile Pro in Trestles California USA, and the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro in Australia. His last victory was in 2006 for the Quiksilver Pro held in France.
Surfing Style: Pro Surfer Joel Parkinson has a regular stance. His surf is smooth with an extreme fluidity always having enough speed to throw moves at the right moment. Joel has had some insane, epic snaps and aerials. He's in between the new and old school as he is able to design awesome carves with more grace than a ballet dancer. Check out his bio video "Free as a Dog" to understand what we mean.
Other Sports: When Joel Parkinson is not surfing, he enjoys running, and cross training.
Likes & Dislikes: On dry land, Joel enjoys fishing, cars, and watching his Australian football team play.
Sponsors: Joel Parkinson is sponsored by Billabong, Von Zipper, Kustom and JS industries.
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