GOLD Coast surfer Joel Parkinson has sailed through to the quarter finals of the Rip Curl Pro in Portugal.
Parkinson took down current Qualifying Series leader Kolohe Andino in their do-or-die Round 5 heat, capitalising on an early start with a long wave surfed in the opening minutes of their exchange.
Parkinson’s smooth rail surfing was rewarded by a 7.67, and allowed the Australian to move onto the quarters.
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“It’s a really good location, it’s a really fun wave. It has that slingshot effect and I was buzzing to get out there,” Parkinson said.
“At Trestles I surfed against Felipe in the quarters and I had a meltdown so hopefully this time I can make it worth my while, especially if we’re waiting until Saturday.”
Andino couldn’t find enough opportunities in a very slow lineup and was forced out in Round 5 with an equal 9th place in Peniche.
This result marks the young Californian’s best this season on the Championship Tour, at the term of an excellent European campaign.
“Our heat started with a decent set, my wave only offered one good section, I got a 5 and Joel’s was better and he got a 7.6,” Andino broke down.
“Then we mostly sat there for the rest of the heat. It’s tough, because tides are so dramatic. It was firing and all of a sudden it stopped. Europe’s been great to me, I got two 9th, a 5th and a win in four events so I’m super stoked with that. I feel like I’m learning to compete and hopefully frustrating heats like that won’t change the way I’ve been surfing.”
Also into the quarter finals is Jeremy Flores, Italo Ferreira and Brett Simpson.
Up first when the event resumes will be Vasco Ribeiro against Michel Bourez in Round 5.
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 4 Results:
Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.63, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 10.60, Keanu Asing (HAW) 8.36
Heat 4: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 17.17, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.73, Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.77
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 5 Results:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.84 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.67
Heat 2: Brett Simpson (USA) 9.77 def. Nat Young (USA) 6.33
Remaining Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 5 Match-Ups:
Heat 3: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)
Upcoming Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
QF 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
QF 2: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
QF 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. TBD
QF 4: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. TBD