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.

Stephanie Gilmore: nobody stops here from winning

Australian Stephanie Gilmore, the 4-time ASP world champion of surfing, eclipsed the field to win the Cholo's Hawaiian Pro today - the first leg of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. With the world title locked away, Steph's victory here puts her in good stead to gun for a third Vans Triple Crown title to round out the year. Gilmore, 22, earned $4,500 for today's win.

Surfing in double-overhead waves, Gilmore was untouchable in every round with near-perfect scores and flawless, critical maneuvers. Runner-up was rookie Australian Tyler Wright, 16, from Lennox Head, who threw down some of the most futuristic maneuvers women's surfing has ever seen, but failed to match Gilmore's well-rounded performance.

Third was Alana Blanchard (Hawaii), and Jacqueline Silva (Brazil) was fourth. Today's results saw Wright, Blanchard and Silva lock in their berths on next year's elite ASP World Tour.

"I'd love to at some point in my career have a win at every destination," said Gilmore. "That would be awesome and being in the lead for the Triple Crown is a good feeling.

"Surfing Haleiwa is more about long drawn-out turns and reading the wave really well. Just picking those steeper spots, especially on this deep bank ... to get the most critical turn in. I just enjoy right-handers of any kind, and I felt comfortable out there."

Tyler Wright was full of praise for Gilmore: "It was really fun and good waves were coming through. I caught a couple, but Steph blew me out of the water."

"She was absolutely ripping. She's been ripping all year and it's not really intimidating. I look at it from a different perspective as a challenge and I think it's super exciting. It's you out there with the best in the world so why shouldn't you be excited?"

The next stop for the ladies is Sunset Beach, stage 2 of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Nov. 24 through Dec. 6. The third and final event, open to the top 4 Vans Triple Crown contenders only, is the Vans Duel for the Jewel at Pipeline, December 8-20.

Brazilian Surf Institute: surfing is very popular in Brazil

The Brazilian Surf Institute is putting up the largest academic event fully dedicated to surfing.

The 7th edition of the Brazilian Surf Congress aims to promote the development of the wave sport and to produce relevant information for those who want to work and act as a player in this industry.

Sharing ideas and knowledge, stimulating the production of scientific studies and research in the surfing related areas are the main goals of the South American event.

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