That Alley-Oop...Parko Scores Another Cover!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Yes that is right, Parko has scored another surf magazine cover. It seems that he has been busy lately, and has the cover of ASL, Waves, Tracks and Transworld Surf all within the same month.

During the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast, it was rumored that Parko pulled off one of the best Alley oops to date. Well, looks like that rumor has now been confirmed, and the boys at Waves gave Joel the cover to reward him for his efforts. Check out the sequence here or buy the latest Waves to check it out.

Stay tuned for the remaining Parko covers.


Jordy Smith Wins ASP WQS 6-Star O'Neill Cold Water Classic Tasmania

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Well, it hasn't taken our boy long to come up with the goods since he signed on with the JS Industries family. Jordy Smith has taken out the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star O'Neill Cold Water Classic Tasmania in pumping surf at Bluff Reef, defeating fellow ASP Dream Tour traveler Damien Hobgood in the Final.

In solid 8-foot swell, offshore winds, Smith and Hobgood showed just why they are two of the top ASP World Tour surfers at the moment.

"It was good to get a win," Smith said. "It's been a while. Damo's been ripping this whole event. I looked up to him as a kid so it's great to be out there with one of your heroes." 

Smith had blazed his way to the Finals, knocking out the phenomenal Australian talent of Owen Wright in the Quarterfinals before an exciting close Semifinal heat against the Brazilian Jadson Andre.

"I've had the greatest time here in Tasmania, it's been just amazing with such powerful surf and fun people in this remote location" said Smith after his win. 

"I always enjoy surfing waves that offer power and here in Tasmania every wave you surf is straight out of the deep southern waters and the power just makes for great surfing, I love it."

Yeah Jordy!!


Joel Parkinson Claims Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Solid Conditions at Kirra

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Images by Billabong/Tim Jones

That's right, Parko has won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by LG Mobile, defeating fellow finalist Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, in solid six-to-eight foot (3 metre) surf at Kirra.

Parkinson, 2 times winner of the Quik Pro Gold Coast, was fearless from the outset in the hard-fought final, collecting an excellent 8.83 out of a possible 10 on his opening ride.

"That first wave was a good one but I came down funny on the floater and buckled my board," Parkinson said. "I came in and just got energized when I heard the score and everyone on the beach really pumped me up. The crowd is awesome. There are so many people. Down here you don't really see it, but from the water you can see the crowd on the hill and all along Coolangatta and even down Kirra Point. I could hear them roaring - it was amazing."

The hometown favorite would return to the lineup to collect a bevy of high scores, including a 7.50 and an 8.17, before nailing his second perfect 10 of the day, pushing his heat total to an unsurpassable 18.84 out of a possible 20.

"I was thinking it has been a long time between drinks [ASP World Tour event wins]," Parkinson said. "Until the hooter blew, I didn't know what emotion to feel. It's the kind of thing where you're surrounded by a lot of people and it's not until you pull yourself back and you're together with family and friends, that's really when you feel all of your emotions. Right now I'm on a high and I'm buzzing, it will be a few hours to let it all sink in."

Parkinson now sits a top the ASP World Tour ratings, in excellent position for his 2009 campaign for the ASP World Title.

Check out videos at the Quiksilver event site


Parko sets Hawaii alight with new JS mystery board

Monday, March 09, 2009

The guys at Surfing World sat down and interviewed Parko and asked him about the mystery board he was riding at Pipe.The 5'8" x 19 1/4 x 2 1/8' Swallow tailed JS twin fin with trailer was the second most talked about board in Hawaii next to Slater's Hybrid. Stay glued to the JS website to find out more about this board in coming months, as it will be in stores soon. In the meantime, check out this amazing craft and what Parko had to say to the Surfing World team.

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JORDY SMITH WEBSITE GOES LIVE

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The website for our newest team member, Jordy Smith from South Africa, has gone live today. Jordy is currently in Australia for the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by LG and has been hanging with the team at JS while refining his quiver. The website features sick video and photo sections of Jordy ripping all over the world. There is a news section that will keep interested parties in the loop as to where Jordy is in the world and what he is up to.  Find Jordy's profile, biography, as well as his growing list of sponsors on the site, all to the sound of some his favourite tunes.


PARKO SCORES LATEST COVER OF SURFING LIFE MAGAZINE

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Check the latest issue of ASL (April 09 issue) and you will see Parko gracing the cover. Parko has kicked off 09 with an intense training regime and is blowing minds with his off season surfing, so in turn was kindly rewarded by the Ed team at Surfing Life with a glossy cover shot and an interview. With a quiver of what JS calls 'the best boards I have ever shaped for Parko' and the man himself in peak physical condition, expect to see big things from him on tour this year.

ASL' Chris Binns took the time to sit down with Parko and see what has been going on for the last few months, and to see what is fueling this focused approach to the 09 season. To read the interview (titled 'Angling for the Crown'), you will have to purchase the magazine. Sorry gang, but we are not allowed to let the cat out of the bag!. Until then, check out the cover and opening page.


JORDY SMITH JOINS THE JS INDUSTRIES TEAM

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Coolangatta - Friday 20th February 2009 - Jordy Smith signed on to ride for JS surfboards today in his quest for a world title on the ASP World Tour of Surfing in 2009. Smith now accompanies some of the world's best surfers that are already part of the JS family. Jason Stevenson, (head shaper and company founder) and Jordy have been working together for a number of years and have gained some great results. In 2008, Smtih spent the year trying out other surfboard brands to see what worked best for him, but has returned to ride JS surfboards full time due to his past success with Jason.

"The tractor (JS logo) is iconic to the JS brand, and Jordy has had great success on our boards in the past." Said Stevenson. "He has won many qualifying series events on our boards, and who could forget his unforgettable 3rd place in the Billabong Pro (Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa) in 2007 on a tractor board.  I am glad to be working with Jordy again and am proud to have him on the JS team."

The deal will see Jordy representing JS for at least the next three years. "Signing a long term agreement shows dedication and commitment from both parties," stated Craig Pitchers, company co-director and sales manager. "We couldn't be more pleased to have him on board for the long haul."

Jordy resides in Durban South Africa, and at age 21, is regarded as one of the most talented upcoming surfers. After a mixed rookie year in 2008 and a season ending injury late in the year in Hawaii, his focus and determination to be surfing his best for 2009 has been mind blowing.

Smith joins world title candidate and 2008 Triple Crown winner, Joel Parkinson on the JS elite team, along with Bruce Irons, Luke Egan, Mark Occhilupo and Andrew Doheny.

The deal will see Jordy kick off the first event of the "2009 ASP World Tour" calendar riding JS surfboards at the Quiksilver Pro in Coolangatta late february. 

Stay tuned for the newest surfboard in the JS range; the "Jordy Smith signature model". 


Winners are Grinners - JS Team wins the 2009 FCS Manufacturers Cup at Duranbah

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The 2009 FCS Manufacturers Cup kicked off in sensational style with the QLD qualifier being held in smoking conditions at D-Bar. The opening qualifier also marked the introduction of some of the best World Tour surfers into the event who were keen to represent their respective surfboard sponsors. 

The QLD qualifier was won by JS Industries who took the well earned victory with the help of their star rider Joel Parkinson. Joel teamed up with shaper Jason Stevenson as well as Paul Stacey and former pro surfer Craig 'Scat' Pitchers. The JS team proved too good, aided considerably by an in form Parko who top scored on the day. In the final, the JS team defeated some of the Gold Coast's other well known shapers to take out bragging rights for another year.

The tag team format adds a unique dynamic to the event and produces a very different atmosphere from other conventional surfing competitions. Former pro surfer and FCS representative Jason Frost remarked, 'A great day was had by everyone who attended and it's great to have some of the best WT surfers involved. Some guys feel the pressure because you only have a short time to get two good waves and then get back to the beach. The adrenalin kicks in and everyone gets enthusiastic about what's happening out in the water. The event is really about having fun, but there are some bragging rights on the line'.

The FCS Manufacturers Cup is run in conjunction with the Jim Beam Surf Tag Series, and not only produces a fun and exciting competition but it also gives the guys in the trenches the opportunity to surf against the world's best Dream Tour surfers. 

The state qualifying rounds will be followed by an all important final to be held at North Narrabeen in March where FCS will crown the champions of the surfboard industry.  

Pictured below: Parko scored the highest score for the day, 2nd image - Parko, Craig Pitchers, Paul Stacey and Jason Stevenson



(Press release and images courtesy of FCS)


OCCY BOOK SIGNING

Monday, December 29, 2008

FREEWAVE CHALLENGE - DOHENY FREE SURFS TO VICTORY IN JUNIOR DIVISION

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (October 17, 2008) -- This summer featured an unprecedentedly high level of surfing performances by 16-and-under surfers along Mainland USA coasts, but the wave of the season was ridden by Andrew Doheny of Newport Beach, California.  Doheny, 16, won the "Small Fries" division of the Billabong Freewave Challenge Mainland edition with a pair of solid carves and an air reverse on an overhead wave at Lower Trestles on June 20, the opening day of the online free-surfing event.  Doheny receives $3,000 for his performance on the wave while Noah Alani gets $750 for capturing the action with his video camera.  To see all of the Small Fries finalist rides, CLICK HERE

The Small Fries award is just one of five divisions which acknowledge the finest freesurfing to take place in the USA this summer outside of regular surf contests. Other category winners recently revealed include the Best Barrel and the Heartbreaker Female Performance Awards.  The top-line Monster Maneuver Award will be announced on Monday.  In total, the event offers $40,000 in prize money for the surfers and videographers. Full rules and event format details can be accessed at the event website at www.FreewaveChallenge.com

The runner-up in the Small Fries division is Kolohe Andino, 14, of San Clemente, California for his demolition of another Lower Trestles right-hander on September 8, 2008. Andino, son of former US Champ Dino Andino, earns $2,000 for the single ride. Videographer Chris Gabriel receives $500 for his efforts in documenting the performance.

Finishing in third place is another San Clemente resident, 15-year-old Luke Davis who also took advantage of a good, long southern hemisphere swell wave at Lower Trestles on September 11.  Davis is rewarded in the amount of $1,500 for his smooth air 360 and Chris Gabriel collects another $400 for obtaining the photographic evidence.

According to the published Freewave rules, the Small Fries Award will be won by "The best performance on a single wave by a surfer age 16 or under at the time of the ride."  The rankings of the finalists were determined by a large voting panel made up of the surfers and videographers registered in the event along with select surfing media members from around the world.  Over 150 video clips of spectacular surfing were uploaded to the Freewave website with nominees qualifying=20 from a diverse number of surf breaks from all over the East, West and Gulf Coasts of the USA.  All the original clips can still be viewed by clicking on the Freewave Video Hub.

On Monday, October 20, the final results will be announced in the top category of the Billabong Freewave Challenge, the Monster Maneuver.  Vying for $15,700 in prize money (including $5,000 for the winning surfer) are:

  • Ryan Carlson  Ryan Carlson, 540 Rodeo at Huntington Beach, California. Video by DSG
  • Aaron Cormican, Air Reverse at Gulf Coast, Florida. Video by Jerry Ricciotti
  • Mason Ho, Backside 360 Air at Huntington Beach, California. Video by DSG
  • Zach Rhinehart, McTwist at Oceanside, California. Video by Boost Video Cody Thompson, Alley Oop Plus at Lower Trestles, California. Video by Evan Thompson

To see the Monster Maneuver finalists in action, click HERE.

BILLABONG FREEWAVE CHALLENGE MAINLAND

SMALL FRIES (16 and Under) RESULTS

  1. Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, CA) at Lower Trestles on June 20, 2008. ($3,000)  Video by Noah Alani ($750)
  2. Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA) at Lower Trestles on September 8, 2008.  ($2,000)  Video by Chris Gabriel ($500)
  3. Luke Davis (San Clemente, CA) at Lower Trestles on September 11, 2008.  (!,500) Video by Chris Gabriel ($400)

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