Parko takes out world surfing title

Joel Parkinson of Coolangatta, Australia, celebrates after winning his maiden ASP World Title. Photo / Association of Surfing Professionals
Joel Parkinson of Coolangatta, Australia, celebrates after winning his maiden ASP World Title. Photo / Association of Surfing Professionals

Joel Parkinson has won the world surfing title.

11-time champion Kelly Slater has been beaten in the semi-finals of the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii, meaning Parkinson takes the title having advanced to the final.

"I've had some ups and downs and I've had some injuries. I've been through hell and back and this just makes it so much sweeter to stand here today."

It's the first time the Australian has won the world title, having been runner-up three times.

- Newstalk ZB

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