Parko Defeats Slater To Win Boost Mobile Pro At Lowers

Monday September 20, 2004. Lower Trestles, California.Australian Joel Parkinson won the Boost Mobile Pro presented by Quiksilver today in great conditions at one of California’s premier breaks—Lower Trestles. With the waves well overhead thanks to a newly arrived south swell, Parko took out six-time world champ Kelly Slater (star trunks and all) to win $30,000 and creep closer to ‘CT points leader Andy Irons.

“I don’t know what to say, began Parkinson, after being carried from the water’s edge by fellow Aussie contestants Nathan Hedge and Troy Brooks. “I was waiting for Slater to deliver his fatal blow. I had an eight, as well as a seven, but those are fairly weak scores these days, especially in a final with him. I kept trying to better my position, but couldn’t, and then that wave came for Kelly at the end and I figured, ‘Well, two finals in two contests is alright.’ When I saw the boys on the beach and heard the score…(huge smile says it all).

Slater had a chance with ten seconds remaining, but the wave was just a bit too small and he wasn’t able to get the necessary score, a 6.77, even after pulling a reverse air 360 right in front of the supportive crowd.

“I used to watch ‘In Black And White’ from the Bud Tour days when Kelly won here, but I guess it’s a different decade, said the 23 year old Parkinson after accepting his check. Parko is correct, it’s a different decade and for the record, he has never lost to Slater in a final-quite a remarkable feat considering Slater’s resume. “I was watching beforehand and all the big sets seemed to be lefts, explained Slater, of his tactics during the final. “So my game plan was to find one of them which walled up, but I never did. I guess it worked against me in the end, but I made a couple of other mistakes too. I only needed a 6.77, so it wasn’t a big score. The opportunity was there for me but I just blew it.

Not a bad payday for “blowing it ($16,000), but Slater may have had better luck sticking to the higher scoring rights, as did Parko in the final.

With AI losing out early and C.J. Hobgood, Parko, and Slater placing high, the points race is a turning into a battle, whereas before the event it was looking like a near blowout. “I just thought Andy was so far ahead it was a race for second and third, said Parko of this year’s world title. “But with him going out early here, and with the way Kelly and C.J. are surfing, it’s going to be interesting now towards the end of the season. There’s still a long way to go. Indeed, there is a long way to go, and with the tour heading into Europe for two events, at Mundaka and the South of France (a mobile event) it’s officially crunch time. Stay tuned, this years’ world title race is shaping up to be a monster!

Official Results For The Boost Mobile Pro presented by Quiksilver

1st Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.17 — US$30,000

2nd Kelly Slater (USA) 13.63 — US$16,000

Semifinals

SF1: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.77 def. Cory Lopez (USA) 14.24

SF2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.16 def. Luke Egan (AUS) 13.84

Quarterfinals

QF1: Cory Lopez (USA) 13.53 def. Danny Wills (AUS) 10.17

QF2: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.34 def. Darren O’Rafferty (AUS) 10.4

QF3: Luke Egan (AUS) 15.17 def. CJ Hobgood (USA) 8.67

QF4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.6 def. Nathan Hedge (AUS) 8.1

Official ASP Ratings after Boost Mobile Pro

1. Andy Irons (HAW) 6,036-points

2. CJ Hobgood (USA) 5,376

3. Kelly Slater (USA) 5,316

4. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5,208

5. Nathan Hedge (AUS) 4,644

6. Damien Hobgood (USA) 4,392

7. Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 4,356

8. Luke Egan (AUS) 4,308

9. Jake Paterson (AUS) 4,296

10. Danny Wills (AUS) 4,104