It’s July 1999, and an 18-year-old grommet from the Gold Coast is about to re-write surfing history on the hallowed walls of Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa. After scoring a wildcard start in the contest, the kid from Coolangatta paddles out against the world’s best surfers and proceeds to systematically dismantle them. He doesn’t even really seem to be trying that hard; he’s just doing what he does. The accidental prodigy wins the contest in a canter. A disbelieving surfing world has just been introduced to Joel Parkinson.
Over a decade later and "Parko" remains the most naturally gifted surfer on the planet. The Gold Coaster’s talent is the product of some good surfing DNA and a childhood spent surfing some of the finest sand-bottom point-breaks on the planet.
Since joining HSV as a brand ambassador, Joel’s vehicle of choice has been the ClubSport R8 Tourer – a vehicle that’s perfect to ferry around wife Monica, children Evie, Macy and Mahli and, of course, his bevy of surfboards. In his HSV, Joel lives every day as if it were his last!