Joel Parkinson and Sally Fitzgibbons Win at Bells

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joel parkinson and sally fitzgibbons win at bells Joel Parkinson and Sally Fitzgibbons Win at Bells
 
In what was one of the best, if not the best, Bells event in the 50 years of the contest’s history we saw clean pumping waves for the entire event along with absolutely amazing surfing from both the men and the women. The heat matchups were close, a lot of them having multiple lead switches, and a few came right down to the very last wave. Giving it was Easter week, a ton of Australian spectators made their way down to Bells to watch and cheer for the world’s best. In the end, Joel Parkinson and Sally Fitzgibbons, both Australian, made their mark by winning the second event of the 2011 ASP World Tour.

Joel Parkinson made it known early in the even that he was out there to win as he had some of the highest scoring waves of the event in the first and third round. To top it off, he scored a perfect 10 on the very last wave of the contest on a wave that he only took off on using his priority to block Mick from getting a score. At the end of the final heat, Mick showed his sportsmanship and love for Parko by carrying Joel on his shoulders up the beach after surfing in 3 different heats in the same day. This win marks the third time Joel Parkinson has won the Bells competition and he’s now ranked 2nd in the world behind Kelly Slater.

“It’s incredible,” Parkinson said. “It’s not so much the fact that I’ve won the event, but more so that it’s the 50th anniversary. It feels that much more special. We’ve had such good waves too. I can’t remember the last time that Bells had such good waves. I’m so excited. I can’t believe this.”

Here’s how the final day of competition rounded up along with the current world rankings and highlights from the final heat of the event.

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH FINAL RESULTS:
1 –
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.53
2 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.26

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1:
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.33 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.00
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 18.87 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.23

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1:
Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.66 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 13.16
QF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 18.00 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 11.24
QF 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.16 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 11.10
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.46 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.03

RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1:
Owen Wright (AUS) 14.17 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.26
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.97 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.66
Heat 3: Chris Davidson (AUS) 16.03 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.37
Heat 4: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.37 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 13.93

ASP WORLD TITLE RATINGS (After Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):
1.
Kelly Slater (USA) 15,200 pts
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14,000 pts
3. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13,000 pts
4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10,500 pts
4. Tiago Pires (PRT) 10,500 pts

On the other side of competition, the women’s event was just as exciting. Twenty year old, Sally Fitzgibbons, has been knocking on the door of a first place finish since last year. She had three 2nd place finishes in 2010 and also ended up 2nd in the rankings at the end of the season. Beating last year’s champ, Carissa Moore, at Bells on the 50th anniversary of the event was something really special for Sally Fitz and we’re super stoked for her.

“It’s extra special to win it this year for the 50 years event,” Fitzgibbons said. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always watched my heroes surf and win here and I’ve always dreamed of ringing the Bell and now that it’s happened, I don’t know what to say. The other night at the 50-year ball, I saw all my icons on stage and I was so inspired. So to win right now is a dream come true.”

Here’s how the final day of competition rounded up along with the current world rankings and highlights from the final heat of the event.

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH FINAL RESULTS:
1 –
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.77
2 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.40

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1:
Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.10 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.60
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 18.37 def Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.60

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1:
Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.57 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.60
QF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.34 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 5.90
QF 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.00 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.44
QF 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 18.56 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 14.53

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1:
Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 14.50 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 8.50
Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.50 def. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 12.04
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.60 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 12.47
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 18.83 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 11.50

ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TITLE TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):
1.
Carissa Moore (HAW) 18,000 pts
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16,400 pts
3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 13,200 pts
4. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11,700 pts
5. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11,700 pts

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