Immovable Parko reigns supreme at Quiksilver Pro
SURFING: For all his immense talent, Julian Wilson can't do the impossible.
He can't move an immoveable object - not two days in a row, anyway.
The closest thing to that in surfing at the moment is the Gold Coast's reigning world champion, Joel Parkinson.
Looking to secure consecutive elite tour titles by winning the season-opening Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast, Parkinson extinguished the Coolum natural-footer's charge in the quarter-finals yesterday with a perfect wave score of 10 at Snapper Rocks.
A day after Wilson sent the sport's No.1 into a sudden-death heat with a round-four win, Parkinson won when it mattered most.
In an intriguing duel between in-form surfers in solid 1.2m waves, the seasoned pro had too much class for a maturing young talent who had previously stated he wanted to relieve Parkinson of his crown this year.
The final score was 18.27 to 16.67 (out of 20).
Wilson acknowledged his 31-year-old rival's imperious form, which included a win at the six-star Toyota Burton Pro at Newcastle last month.
Victory this week would make it three consecutive wins for a competitor finally free from the affliction of being known as arguable the best surfer never to win the world title.
Wilson, 24, said: "I felt like I hadn't hit my stride yet - I felt I was building momentum. I started the heat badly again and my wave selection let me down.
"I'm happy with my results. It's my best result here at Snapper, but I obviously wanted to win."
With ample time left in the match-up, Wilson took a narrow lead when a 7.32 ride gave him a two-wave total of 13.56.
Parkinson, a four-time World Championship Tour runner-up who spent much of his youth on the Sunshine Coast, immediately hit back with the 10 - the event's first.
Wilson continued to fight hard and managed to score an 8.80 with a huge reverse.
Parkinson faces French Polynesia's Michel Bourez in one semi-final. American 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and Australia's two-time world champion, Mick Fanning, are matched in the other.