Joel Parkinson: locking the target

The 2012 ASP World Championship Tour title race requires a calculator. Joel Parkinson needs to win the Pipe Masters so that he doesn't depend on other results.


The 2012 world surfing title race has three contenders: Joel Parkinson, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning. The Billabong Pipe Masters will decide who smiles in the end. Is Parkinson ready for the pressure?

Due to the altered format for the Billabong Pipe Masters, all three surfers will automatically be seeded into Round 3 of competition and finish no worse than Equal 13th (1750 points).

As Parkinson is the current rankings leader on the ASP WCT, the following ASP World Title scenarios will be based on his potential finishes at Pipeline, which will be run from December 8-20, 2012.

If Parkinson finishes 13th, 9th or 5th at the Billabong Pipe Masters:
 - Slater needs a 5th or higher to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
 - Fanning needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.*
 *Contingent upon Slater finishing 5th or Lower at Pipeline.

If Parkinson finishes Equal 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters:
 - Slater needs a 3rd or higher to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
 - Fanning needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.*
 *Contingent upon Slater finishing 5th or Lower at Pipeline.

If Parkinson finishes 2nd at the Billabong Pipe Masters:
 - Slater needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
 - Fanning cannot win the 2012 ASP World Title.

If Parkinson wins the Billabong Pipe Masters, he will take the 2012 ASP World Title.

The ASP World Championship Tour surfers year-end rankings are based off their top eight finishes from the 10 ASP WCT events in 2012.