Joel Parkinson claims 2018 Hawaiian Pro

November 19, 2018 | Surfing
Joel Parkinson: he won three Triple Crowns of Surfing | Photo: Keoki/WSL

Joel Parkinson carved his way to victory at the 2018 Hawaiian Pro, in Haleiwa, on the North Shore of Oahu.

The three-time Triple Crown of Surfing winner claimed the first jewel of the prestigious Hawaiian surfing series after a convincing performance in a four-man final.

Parkinson defeated Mateus Herdy, Ricardo Christie, and Deivid Silva with two waves in the excellent range - a 9.33 and an 8.03.

The decisive heat got underway in unusual choppy conditions and occasional overhead waves. Nevertheless, surfers were able to throw and land a few eye-catching full air rotations.

Parkinson, 37, announced he plans to retire at the end of the season. And what a way to put an end to his glorious career.

"It's huge. I just wanted to put on a good performance. I wasn't worried about winning. I am kind of shocked. It feels like the old times. I feel like I want to surf another heat," expressed the Australian.

"I really enjoyed the event. It has probably been a key contest in the early stages of my career. I miss them, but I'm glad it's coming to an end. It is going to be awesome to be a surf fan from now on."

Up next is the World Cup of Surfing, the second stop on the 2018 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, and the final event on the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS).

2018 Hawaiian Pro | Final

1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.36
2. Mateus Herdy (BRA) 15.83
3. Ricardo Christie (NZL) 15.83
4. Deivid Silva (BRA) 15.36