Stab Magazine | Joel Parkinson Re-Signs With The Bong For Six Years

'Vacation Presented By Monster Energy' Drops 5pm on Thurs, March 30 (PT)


Joel Parkinson Re-Signs With The Bong For Six Years

In a tough commercial climate it’s nice to see the cream rise to the top. 

news // Mar 17, 2018
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Joel Parkinson has been on the World Tour for 17 years and has been sporting Billabong upon his nose since he was 11-years old. Twenty-six years later, Parko has just re-signed the dotted line for a further six years with the Bong – icing on the cake after chipping into what many are describing as the best barrel ever ridden at Snapper Rocks. 

Parko won his maiden World Tour event at 18-years old, the Billabong Pro at J-Bay, making him the youngest surfer to ever win a Billabong event. He joined the World Tour full time in 2002 and then went on to win a further 11 tour events with his latest win being the Oakley Pro in Bali. 

A period in the early 10’s went by where a Joel Parkinson World Title seemed out of reach, after he just fell short of the top spot four times – 2002, 2004, 2009 and then in 2011. However, in 2012 one of the World’s most effortless surfers finally took home the World Title, redeeming his narrow Title loss to Kelly Slater in 2009.

And we’re certain he would have won more titles if only the judges realised the apparent effortlessness of Joel’s lines and turns wasn’t quite as easy as it appears.  

Now Parko is in the later years of his competitive career but he shows little sign of slowing down in the surfing department. He showed the entire CT schedule how to surf behind-the-rock Snapper in his Round 2 heat, he’d been driving through throttling Kirra tunnels over the Gita swell and just yesterday stood tall inside the largest Snapper tube to grace the sand-bottomed point. 

Parko will be a Billabong lifer and regardless of how long he wants to spend on the tour circuit we’ll be following his every step in and out of the jersey. 


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent


Why You Should Never Not Paddle Out

How an impromptu 30 minute session made a Jamaican surfer $1,000 richer.

Mar 30, 2023


“I’ve Had Two Concussions Surfing Here”

Chronicles of a Newport shore-hound.

Mar 29, 2023

Rio Waida Has Been Surfing Onshore, Oversized Bells Alone

...and he might not go home all year.

Mar 29, 2023


John Florence Releases Long-Form Piece On The 243km Great Ocean Squiggle

Tourism Victoria going, ‘he just did our job for us’.

Mar 29, 2023


Japanese Rice Farmer Enjoys Frightening Sumatran West Bowls

Kaito Ohashi is on his best behavior.

Mar 28, 2023

Watch: When People Like This Speak, We Listen

Raw, extended conversations with Clyde Aikau and Eddie Aikau winner Luke Shepardson.

Mar 28, 2023


Diamond Tail = Diamond Hands?

We'll explain everything in the Rusty D-Min Joyride.

Mar 27, 2023

Behold Australia’s Nine & NZ’s Two Challenger Series Qualifiers*

May the Southern Cross smile upon you at Snapper.

Mar 27, 2023

An Unordinary Life Structured Around A Tidal Bore

Long Read: The life and times of Pete Beachy.

Mar 26, 2023


Watch: ‘Haiku’

Scenes From a Remote Reality, by Vans & Karina Rozunko

Mar 25, 2023

Sun Room: The Overnight Success Of A Young Surf Band

What's it like touring the world and living off of McDonald's?

Mar 25, 2023

How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 6

An instructional manual for the modern professional surfer

Mar 23, 2023


Caity Simmers — Extreme Competitive Surf Vlogger

Cool is chemical.

Mar 23, 2023

Globe Pulls Out Of The Apparel Game

…and, Taj Burrow and Dion Agius are now looking for new main sponsors.

Mar 22, 2023

Owen Wright Announces Retirement From Competitive And Heavy-Water Surfing

But will surf final CT event at Bells.

Mar 22, 2023


Fancy An Ale, Some Good Music, And A Bunch Of Tubes?

Ballet's minimalist full-length will satiate your needs.

Mar 22, 2023

João Chianca Spent Seven Years On The QS Without A Sponsor

And look where he is now.

Mar 22, 2023

Take Stab’s 2023 Audience Survey, Win A 3-Board Quiver

Stab towels and Premium subscriptions also up or grabs.

Mar 21, 2023