Joel still teary-eyed over bad loss to eternal rival…
Don’t you love it when a couple of big-names retire? Gone is the solemn head nodding, the gruff humourless laugh, the long slow blinks and those post-heat platitudes slathered over everything like jam on stale bread.
In this five-minute short made by Joel Parkinson’s sponsor Billabong, Mick Fanning and Joel take us back to 2012 when they met in the final at Teahupoo. After scoring a nine on his first wave Joel comes so hard he almost blows out his retinas. Oh he just saunters around the lineup as if he is Teahupoo and world champ already.
You don’t think Mick can come back.
But as is his wont, Mick does. He builds a little house and then shut the doors loudly on his sometime friend.
Joel’s eyes still burn over the loss.
“The judges got overexcited… he knows I flogged him.”
Mick invites Joel to inspect the trophy at his house to remind him who the winner was.
Joel pledges to steal the bauble.
It’s all very good.
But is it as good as…