Breaking: Joel Parkinson Just Announced He'll Be Retiring At Pipe

2 Jul 2018 4

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The 2012 World Champion, three time Hawaiian Triple Crown winner and three time Bells Champ, Joel Parkinson has announced that he will be retiring from full time competition at the end of 2018, making the Billabong Pipe Masters this December his final event in a WSL CT rashie. The announcement was made public in the minutes before the opening day got underway at the Corona Open J-Bay, where Parkinson won his very first major event, aged 19, a part of his story he reflected on in his retirement post on Instagram.

In the announcement video released to career-sponsor Billabong's YouTube, he explained his decision to end it the comp side of his career at the Banzai Pipeline:

“Pipe to me is just, when I thought about where I’d want to be chaired up the beach and thank everyone, I just thought Pipe’s too special.”

So a gigantic congratulations to Parko, a hero of Australian surfing! We've got five and a bit months to prepare for the Pipeline Parko party.

Here is the full caption Parko posted to his Instagram on Monday afternoon Australian time:

"The first time I went to J-Bay was 19 years ago. I was just a kid back then. I’d just finished last in a contest in Reunion, turned up at J-Bay with a toothache, but then got my first glimpse of the wave and the pain went away. It was six foot and perfect from Boneyards to Impossibles, I paddled out through the keyhole, caught my first wave and that was it. I was gone. I lost my mind. Next thing I was standing there on stage holding the trophy, not sure what had just happened, but I knew I’d found my second home. This is where it all started for me on tour, and that’s why I wanted to be here in J-Bay to let you know that this will be my last year on tour. The Pipe Masters in December will be my last event. The fire just hasn’t been there for a while now and I never want to surf without it, so it’s time to go look for it somewhere else. The tour has given me so much. So many memories, so many friends, the chance for my kids to see the world, but it’s time to move on to the next chapter. That means one last lap of the tour and I can’t wait to catch up with a lot of old friends and get a few waves along the way… starting this week at J-Bay."

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