SNAPPER ROCKS, Queensland/Australia (Sunday, 26, February, 2012): World No.2 Joel Parkinson (AUS) has surged into Round 3 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover with a convincing Round Two elimination victory in the 3 – 4ft point break waves of Snapper Rocks.
Parkinson was relegated into round two of the ASP World Title event after failing to win his opening heat yesterday. The local hero easily defeated Moskova Trials winner Garrett Parkes (AUS), 20 in today’s opening heat of round two.
Parkinson locked in two quality scores of 8.33 and 8.03 to defeat Parkes 16.36 to 6.43.
Parkinson said the more time surfing heats at Snapper Rocks the better especially as the bank had been non-existent until the past few days.
World No.4 Taj Burrow (AUS) was at his best – and needed to be – to edge out gun wildcard Dane Reynolds (USA) 18.10 to 16.06.
In a high quality heat, Burrow overcame a nervous start to lock in back-to-back scores of 9.40 and 8.70 and said a sleepless night pondering how to knock over the freakishly talented Reynolds fired him up for the imposing challenge.
Both Parkinson and Burrow will rejoin other top seeds such as Kelly Slater (USA), Mick Fanning (Aus) and Owen Wright (Aus) in tomorrows round three of competition.
An upset saw Brazilian wonder-kid Gabriel Medina eliminated by tour rookie Yadin Nicol (Cowaramup, W. A.) by less than one point. Medina - finishing equal 25th – posted his worst result ever in an ASP World Title event.