- 17 January 2014 | Surfing
Joel Parkinson has signed a long-term contract extension with Billabong.
The 2012 ASP World Tour champion, a resident of Coolangatta on the Australian Gold Coast, first gained sponsorship by the surf company, in 1992, when he was only 11.
In the last 20 years, Joel Parkinson won two world junior titles, a maiden victory on the ASP World Tour as a 19-year-old wildcard at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, in 1999, eleven more event wins in the years since, and a string of elite tour rankings, including four runner-up finishes.
"I've felt like I've been a part of a great big surfing family since I was a scrawny 11-year-old grom. When I got my first Billabong team sticker on my board it was one of the biggest moments of my life at the time", says Parkinson.
"It's been a really good partnership for a long, long time, it's helped me get to places I could never have dreamed, and I am seeing a lot of good things still to come in the future".
Joel Parkinson will represent his beloved Snapper Rocks Surfriders club, at the Australian Boardriders Battle Final, in Cronulla.