Surfing - Parkinson suffers shock setback

World surfing champion Joel Parkinson suffered a shock defeat to fellow Aussie Matt Wilkinson on the opening day of the Quiksilver Pro at Rainbow Bay.

Surfing - Parkinson suffers shock setback

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Joel Parkinson (ASP)

Parkinson put in a searing heat of 17.73 out of 20 which included a 9.33 on one wave.

But Wilkinson reacted with a 17.76 with a 9.93 on his third wave in event number one on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour

"It's a massive confidence booster," said Wilkinson.

"Still a long way from a result, but to beat the champ coming fresh off a world title ... obviously makes me feel good."

Parkinson will be forced into a sudden-death round two contest with wildcard Brent Dorrington on Wednesday.

Eleven-times world champion Kelly Slater feels Parkinson will respond in style to the setback.

"Even in the midst of a really stressful period over the last couple of months at the end of the tour last year he still seemed pretty cool and relaxed," said Slater, who won his opening heat.

"I don't expect anything different from him in trying to defend ... I think he'll be totally relaxed.

"Not many people besides his very inner circle and his family will know any different."

Double world champion Mick Fanning scored a 9.17 on his first wave of the competition on his way to a 17.24 out of 20 that overcame Brazil's Willian Cardoso and tour rookie Sebastian Zietz.

Bede Durbidge beat defending Quicksilver Pro champion Taj Burrow to move into the third round.

*UPDATE* There was no action on Wednesday due to unfavourable surf conditions at Rainbow Bay. Event organisers will reconvene and make a call at 6:30am local time on Thursday.


Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.50, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.70, Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.94

Heat 2: Travis Logie (ZAF) 18.20, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.10, Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.07

Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) 15.00, Kai Otton (AUS) 14.80, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.40

Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.24, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 14.57, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.10

Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.04, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.73, Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.34

Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.76, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.73, Brent Dorrington (AUS) 15.37

Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.67, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 14.97, Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.20

Heat 8: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 15.60, Nat Young (USA) 11.90, Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.13

Heat 9: Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.15, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.63, Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.40

Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.43, Owen Wright (AUS) 15.67, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.50

Heat 11: Brett Simpson (USA) 15.13, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.76, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.23

Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.93, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.63, Glenn Hall (IRL) 15.07


Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Brent Dorrington (AUS)

Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)

Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA)

Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)

Heat 6: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)

Heat 7: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)

Heat 8: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Nat Young (USA)

Heat 9: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)

Heat 10: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)

Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)

Heat 12: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)


Heat 1: Pauline Ado (FRA) 16.17, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.66, Laura Enever (AUS) 12.97

Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 16.87, Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.34, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 10.83

Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.84, Sage Erickson (USA) 11.90, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 8.54

Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.77, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 17.43, Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.67

Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.66, Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.60, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 7.76

Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA) 19.13, Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.36, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 11.27


Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 15.26 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.10

Heat 2: Laura Enever (AUS) 12.50 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 12.50

Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.63 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 14.60

Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.43 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 14.30

Heat 5: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 13.27 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.50

Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.36 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 14.27


Heat 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.67, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.16, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 9.17

Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.96, Coco Ho (HAW) 17.33, Silvana Lima (BRA) 7.34

Heat 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 16.00, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.34, Laura Enever (AUS) 11.90

Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.43, Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.20, Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.17


Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.17 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.16

Heat 2: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 17.87 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 17.30

Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.47 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.80

Heat 4: Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.83 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 10.77


Heat 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)

Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Alana Blanchard (HAW)

Heat 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)

Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)

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