FORMER world champion Joel Parkinson says he is having way too much fun surfing to paste a due date on his career on the world tour.
At 36, Parkinson, a ‘Coolie Kid’ with great mate Mick Fanning, is the second oldest surfer competing on the world tour behind Kelly Slater.
And like veteran Slater, he says he won’t be forced into ending his career until he is good and ready.
“I am enjoying this way too much to quit,” said Parkinson said from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, where he is preparing to surf in the non-elimination fourth round when competition resumes after a layday, potentially on Wednesday
“For now I am just loving it and can’t even imagine not doing it.
“The talent of the young guys on tour is unbelievable as well. That’s something that keeps me really motivated.”
While many believe Slater will call time on his world tour duties at the end of the year, the American 11-time champion told the Daily Telegraph recently he will surf on as long as he is having fun and getting results.
Parkinson, who has surfed in five finals at Bells Beach and won three, is one of only three Australian left in the Rip Curl Pro.
Fanning, a four-time champion, and Owen Wright, chasing a maiden crown, are the other locals still in with a chance of winning the third leg of the world surf tour.
When competition gets back underway, Fanning will battle Hawaii world champion John John Florence and American Sebastian Zietz, Wright will match-up against 2016 Rookie of the Year Caio Ibelli from Brazil and Portuguese rookie Frederico Morais and Parkinson will tackle Brazilian Wiggolly Dantas and South African Jordy Smith.
Originally published as ‘Coolie Kid’ Parko planning to surf on
SOURCE: newsnow sport