As one champ returns, another one leaves.
Following Kelly Slater’s comeback to the 2018 CT, former World Champion Joel Parkinson announces that he’s retiring at the end of the season.
“The Pipe Masters in December will be my last event,” Parko said in an Instagram post. “The fire just hasn’t been there for a while now, and I never want to surf without it, so it’s time to go look for it somewhere else.”
“Putting the jersey on is just one thing I’ve had enough of.”
The Aussie regular-footer made the announcement as he prepares for the Corona Open J-Bay where he claimed his first event win 20 years ago. “This is where it all started for me on tour, and that’s why I wanted to be here in J-Bay to let you know that this will be my last year on tour,” stated Parko.
And though he’s competing for the last time, he made it clear that he will continue to surf.
Fellow Australian surfer and three-time World Champion Mick Fanning who has retired earlier this season took to Instagram to pay tribute to his good friend.
“Thank you Parko!! What you’ve achieved throughout your career is truly incredible,” Fanning posted.
Joel Parkinson secured his World Title in Hawaii so it’s fitting that he’s taking his final competitive waves there.
“When I thought about where I’d want to be chaired up the beach and thank everyone, Pipe is too special. Pipe has too much history, it’s kind of our holy grail. To me, it’s the spot to do it,” the World Champ finishes.
Cheers Parko! Congratulations for an incredible run.
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