Ah yes, the Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour is back in full swing with Kelly Slater taking the first event on the Gold Coast of Australia a couple weeks ago and Joel Parkinson in devastating form last week at Bells Beach, Australia. Parkinson defeated perhaps the most in-form surfer of the event, Mick Fanning, in winning the 50th anniversary Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in macking 6- to 8-foot surf.
Parkinson threw it down from start to finish in the final, adding to his win-lose ratio over Fanning, who has become a great rival over the last couple of years with both surfers coming from the same area on the Gold Coast. Making the semifinals was none other than Mr. Consistent himself, Jordy Smith, and Brazilian upstart Adriano De Souza, who had a fantastic event by smoking Slater in the quarterfinals.
The current top five rankings after the first two tour events are: 1. Slater, 2. Parkinson, 3. Smith, 4. tied equally De Souza and Tiago Pires.