Joel Parkinson: laying for a nap

When Joel Parkinson decides to fire up the beach, the show is like an action movie.

The Australian surfer decided to play his cards and confirmed the highest two-wave total score of the event to date: 19.87 out of a possible 20 points.

The Reef Hawaiian Pro 2010 is just kicking off, but the spectators are already stoked.

"I couldn't ask for a better place to come back after a long injury," said Parkinson. "I didn't hear till midway through the heat that I got a 10, and I was like, 'I got a 10?' I thought they might have misprinted the zero or something.

Parkinson believes he is capable to defend the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, but he will try it heat by heat.

Despite the outstanding performance shown by Parko, there were other standouts: Raoni Monteiro (Brazil), Granger Larsen (Hawaii), Jay Quinn (NZ), Yadin Nichol (AUS) and Evan Valiere (Hawaii) did pretty good.

The first stop of the 28th annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing runs through November 23 at Haleiwa.