Parko, Joel Parkinson
World champion surfer Joel Parkinson on a global surfing tour. Visit his favourite surfing sites and get an insight into the world of pro-surfing from the best. With stunning photography of the best surfing beaches in the world, as well as action shots and behind-the-scenes images from the pro-surfing carnival this is the ultimate book for any surfing fan.
Joel's commentary throughout the book gives the reader unparalleled access to his life, friends and career amongst the waves. With large format full-colour photography throughout this is a must have for all surfing fans and a great Christmas gift. Joel Parkinson is Australia's top surfer competing on the pro surfing World Tour. He became the youngest surfer to win the international Billabong Contest. And he won the ASP World Junior Championship. After twelve years competing at the elite level, a stretch that saw him win eleven elite World Title Events, plus nine additional tour events, and achieve runner-up second place to the ASP World Title four times, Joel Parkinson won his first World Championship Title in 2012 in Hawaii at the Banzai Pipeline doing battle with eleven-time ASP World Title holder, Kelly Slater, to get his first World Title, as well as go on to win the highly-coveted Pipeline Masters.
Known as Parko, he was born in Nambour, Queensland and grew up on Queensland's Gold Coast with fellow surfer Mick Fanning. He started surfing as a child, with his father's board, then he started competing with his friends Dean Morrison and, especially, Mick Fanning.