WATCH: Gold Coaster Joel Parkinson announces retirement from professional surfing

Australian surfing legend Joel Parkinson has announced his retirement from professional surfing.

After 18 years on the Elite tour, the 37-year-old Gold Coaster will hang up his competitive jersey after his final heat at the Billabong Pipe Masters in December.

In a video posted on the WSL website, Parkinson said he loves everything about the championship tour but he just “can’t keep competing.”


“I have no more fire or desire to want to win, I just want to surf and enjoy it,” he said.

“Putting the jersey on is just one thing I’ve had enough of.”

Tributes for the surfer have since flooded social media, including an emotional post from fellow surfer Mick Fanning.

“THANK YOU PARKO!! What you’ve achieved throughout your career is truly incredible,” Fanning wrote.

“Style and Grace always showed through your surfing. But to me it’s been your friendship that I truly value.

“Thank you for being such a brother to me. Love you mate. You made yourself and your family proud.”