Kieren Perrow: the pro take off

Kieren Perrow has conquered the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons over Joel Parkinson, in four-to-six foot waves, at Banzai Pipeline. John John Florence found his way to the podium as the overall winner of the 2011 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

Perrow won his first ASP World Tour event despite having finished runner-up to Jeremy Flores in last year’s Billabong Pipe Masters.

The Australian was equally deadly in the smaller conditions on the final day and commanded the Final against Parkinson in a backdoor shootout to secure his maiden ASP World Tour victory.

“It took me up until now to get over getting second to Jeremy last year,” Perrow said.

“It’s so good to get back here. I just felt so comfortable the whole time. I’ve had such a great event anyway, and coming in today was just amazing. The waves have been phenomenal. I haven’t surfed Pipe like that in my entire career. This is pretty much the pinnacle for me.”

Parkinson, a multiple Vans Triple Crown Winner, came close to clinching his first Billabong Pipe Masters Title but was unable to find a rhythm in the Final against Perrow.

“It’s a hard one to lose because you’ve only got one guy to beat, and you’ve beaten so many, but it’s the hardest one to win,” Parkinson said. “I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving than Kieren (Perrow). He’s a true Pipe Master and one of the best guys out there, and I’m so glad he won.”

Parkinson battled his way into the Final with a hard fought victory over Kelly Slater (USA), 39, in their Semifinals clash. After a series of exciting exchanges, the Australian was in need of an 8.21 with just minutes remaining and Parkinson drove through a barrel on his backhand to secure an 8.60 and his Final berth.

“I knew my work was cut out for me,” Parkinson said.

“Surfing against Kelly (Slater) is the biggest thing you can do. After he got that 9, I thought, ‘Here we go.’ I thought he peaked against John John, and he was just at it again. That wave just came to me. It was one of those situations where you forget about everything else: am I in the right position? Am I doing anything right? Conditions are not perfect at all, but there are some really good waves.”

Billabong Pipe Masters | Final

1. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 13.17
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 7.00

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