Photos: ASP / Will H-S
Reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson has opened his 2013 season with a win defeating Brazilian Alejo Muniz at the Burton Toyota Pro in Newcastle today. In front of a huge crowd at Merewether Beach Parkinson stamped his authority on this final in the opening minutes on his first ride unleashing some massive moves on the outside then finishing with a series of moves on the shore break.
"It's great to win this first event - I had an incredible end to last years season and I came into this event with a lot of confidence . It was sort of a warm-up event here but the field is fantastic and we surf these events to win " said Parkinson.
"To win this event is a real honour and for sure I feel ready for next week" added Parkinson who begins his ASP World Championship season at the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast next Saturday.
Parkinson looked relaxed after the final and is looking forward to the season ahead as the current ASP World Champion. For Muniz today's result was also a solid warm-up and the world ranked number 19 surfer and while clearly disappointed after the final he will also take confidence into next weeks Quiksilver Pro.
Dimity Stoyle won the ASP six star rated Hunter Ports Women's Classic defeating fellow Australian and ASP world number 2 ranked surfer Sally Fitzgibbons.
Large stormy surf at Merewether Beach in Newcastle suited Stoyle perfectly and she waited until half way through the final before taking a good first wave - The patience paid off as the ideal wave choice resulted in a decisive 8.67 excellent ride which set up the final win on a score-line of 14.67 to Fitzgibbons on 13.67.
The 21-year-old Stoyle from the Sunshine Coast of Qld has had an excellent junior record but today's result is by far her biggest and sets her up superbly in her quest to qualify for next years ASP elite World Championship Tour. "I can't believe I won" said an excited Stoyle after the finals.
Stoyle will compete in the trials for next weeks Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast on Friday aiming to try and win the one wild card available into the Roxy Pro. Fitzgibbon now heads to the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast with a win and a second in the lead in tournaments and a lot of confidence following her performance yesterday where she scored a near perfect 19.43 in her Semifinal win. The Roxy Pro is the opening event to the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour season and begins next Saturday March 2nd.
Burton Toyota Pro Final: Joel Parkinson 15.43, Alejo Muniz 12.13
Burton Toyota Pro Semifinals:
Semi 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14, Keanu Asing (HAW) 13.13
Semi 2: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 15.67, Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.67
Burton Toyota Pro Quarterfinals:
Quarter 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.03, Damien Hobgood (USA) 9
Quarter 2: Keanu Asing (HAW)13.5, Dion Atkinson (AUS)8.17
Quarter 3: Alejo Muniz (BRA)16, Nick Squeirs (AUS)7.5
Quarter 4: Julian Wilson (AUS)18.20, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 7.87
Hunter Ports Women’s Classic:
Final: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 14.67, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.67