Surfing - Parkinson starts season with win in Newcastle

ASP world champion Joel Parkinson opened his 2013 season by beating Alejo Muniz at the ASP 6-Star Burton Toyota Pro at Surfest in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Surfing - Parkinson starts season with win in Newcastle

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Joel Parkinson

Australia’s Parkinson dominated the Brazilian from the outset, his opening ride scoring 8.90, the highest of the 30 minute final at Merewether Beach.

The final two-wave score saw Parkinson total 15.43 to world no. 18 Muniz’s 12.13

“It’s great to win this first event as the world champion – I had an incredible end to last year’s season and I came into this event with a lot of confidence,” said Parkinson.

“It was sort of a warm-up event here but the field is fantastic and we surf these events to win.

“It is a real honour to win this event and for sure I feel ready for next week.”

Both surfers will contest the ASP Quicksilver Pro next week.

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