Parkinson And Stoyle Take The Honours In Newcastle

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Parkinson And Stoyle Take The Honours In Newcastle

Parkinson And Stoyle Take The Honours In Newcastle

ReigningASP World Champion Joel Parkinson has opened his 2013 season with a big windefeating Brazilian Alejo Muniz at the Burton Toyota Pro in Newcastle today.

Infront of a huge crowd at Merewether Beach, Parkinson stamped his authority inthe opening minutes on his first ride unleashing some massive moves on theoutside then finishing with a series of on-edge critical moves on the shorebreak scoring an 8.9 which was the highest scoring ride of the final.

"It'sgreat to win this first event. I had an incredible end to last year’s seasonand I came into this event with a lot of confidence” said Parkinson.

“Itwas sort of a warm-up event here but the field is fantastic and we surf theseevents to win.

"Towin this event is a real honour and for sure I feel ready for next week"added Parkinson who begins his ASP World Championship season at the QuiksilverPro on the Gold Coast next Saturday. 

ForMuniz today's result was also a solid warm-up for the world ranked number 19surfer and while clearly disappointed after the final he will also takeconfidence into next week’s Quiksilver Pro. 

Earlierin the day Dimity Stoyle (Sunshine Coast) won the ASP 6-STAR rated Hunter PortsWomen's Classic defeating fellow Australian and ASP world number 2 rankedsurfer Sally Fitzgibbons.

Stormy2m (6-feet) surf at Merewether Beach in Newcastle suited Stoyle perfectly andshe waited until half way through the final before taking a good first wave.

 Stoyle’spatience paid off as the ideal wave choice resulted in a decisive 8.67excellent ride which set up the final win on a score-line of 14.67 toFitzgibbons on 13.67.

The21-year-old Stoyle from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland has had an excellentjunior record but today's result is by far her biggest and sets her up superblyin her quest to qualify for next year’s ASP elite World Championship Tour.

"Ican't believe I won," said an excited Stoyle after the finals.

"Icould not hear the scores out there and it wasn't until I came in that Sallytold me I won. It was so cool that she chaired me up the beach - she's a closefriend and I really look up to her." 

Stoylewill compete in the trials for next week’s Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast on Fridayaiming to try and win the one wild card available into the Roxy Pro.

Fitzgibbonnow heads to the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast with a win and a second in the leadin tournaments and a lot of confidence following her performance yesterdaywhere she scored a near perfect 19.43 in her semi-final win. 

BurtonToyota Pro:

Final:Joel Parkinson 15.43,  Alejo Muniz 12.43

SemiFinals:

Semi1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14, Keanu Asing (HAW) 13.13

Semi2: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 15.67, Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.67

Quarterfinals:

Quarter1:Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.03, Damien Hobgood (USA)  9

Quarter2: Keanu Asing (HAW)13.5, Dion Atkinson (AUS)8.17

Quarter3: Alejo Muniz (BRA)16, Nick Squeirs (AUS)7.5

Quarter4: Julian Wilson (AUS)18.20, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 7.87

HunterPorts Women's Classic:

Final:Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 14.67, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.67

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