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Cloudbreak gives WT credibility, says ParkoPosted 30 May 2012, by STABmag
Current world number one, Joel Parkinson has never been one to shy away from the topics that matter in World Tour surfing. This interview on his blog, Joelparko.com is no different:
Let’s talk about Cloudbreak.
For me Cloudbreak is the best left in the world. Six-to-eight foot Cloudbreak when it’s on The Ledge and proper, it’s a better barrel… it’s not as perfect as Deserts or not as thick as Teahupoo, but you get the deepest, fastest tubes. You feel like you make barrels you never should and that’s what makes it special.
The Tour needed it, huh?
I think so. It definitely needed some good waves. We lost J-Bay and it would have been heavy to not have Fiji on. The Tour would have lost a lot of its good wave credibility. A lot of the other waves on tour can get really good, but they can also get equally bad. Portugal could be pumping but could also be a two-foot beachie. Cloudbreak will generally always be good.
It’s an important event for ratings and all, but it’d be a good trophy to win simply for the surf cred attached to it?
It’s one of those events… like, Brazil is one of those events you can grind it out for a result, whereas Fiji will be regarded as one of the prize events of the year to win. It’s more of a pure surfing event, a surfers’ event, rather than being more a spectator event. It’s one you want to win because it’s a pure surfing event. It’s like going on a surf trip with a bunch of your mates except at the end of the trip one of you wins.
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