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Joel Parkinson wins 2012 world title (and the Pipe Masters), Hawaii

2002, 2004, 2009 and 2011. That’s how many times Joel Parkinson, 31 and from the Gold Coast, has finished second in the world. But after making it to the final today at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Joel has finally won his first world title. He also won the final, against Josh Kerr, for his first event win of the year. Read more, here.


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Ryan Miller/ www.redbull.com/surfing

Ryan Miller, 33 years old, does not know how to write a bad email. Your pals at Stab have learnt to live vicariously through Miller’s red wine-fuelled letters from the road. His travels take him to some dreamy locales and, in those places, he scores all-time photos: “My favourite photo I’ve shot was of Benny Bourgeois in the Caribbean, with a fisheye. Often I just take photos, but rarely do I get to make one.” In an age of tail-highs and released fins, Ryan still most likes to shoot someone who can lay-down a big backside turn. Namely: Jordy Smith, Dane Reynolds, Gabe Kling, Kekoa Bacalso, Damien Hobgood and Peter Mendia. Like most photogs, Miller misses Scott Aichner’s work. But, as far as contemporary inspiration? “Trying to see things through my daughter’s eyes. It’s wild to think about someone experiencing something totally new on almost a daily basis when, as adults, we rarely get to experience something truly new.”

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