Parkinson, Joel

Smiling Australian regularfooter from Queensland's Gold Coast; World Champion in 2012; three-time Triple Crown champ (2008-2010), World Junior Championship winner in 1999 and 2001, and world-ranked #2 in 2002, 2004, 2009, and 2011.

Parkinson was born (1981) and raised in Nambour, Queensland, and began surfing at age three during weekend family visits to the beach. At 13 he moved with his family to the Gold Coast, and by the late '90s, Parkinson, Mick Fanning, and Dean Morrison were being tou...