Joel Parkinson desperate for confidence boost
WORLD champion surfer Joel Parkinson says he is determined to finish the year on a high in Hawaii and set himself up for a dynamite 2015 after an inconsistent year.
The current world No.6 admitted a second world title was now out of reach but insisted he was unwavering in his desire to end 2014 on a high.
"2015 starts now," he said.
"It would be really good to finish in good form because that sets you up for next year.
"You do not want to have low confidence heading into the start of the year."
The 2012 champion started the year well with a second in the WCT season opener at the Gold Coast.
Two fifths and two ninths followed before his runner-up finish at the J-Bay Open in South Africa.
That result put him in reach of a second world title but disappointing finishes in the past four events, including a 13th in France and Portugal have relegated him to sixth place in the world rankings.
"It is about being consistent and I haven't been that this year," he said.
"You have these runs when you are on and when you are not and I had a couple of bad results just recently.
"I have had an up and down year with some finals and then some bad results.
"I am not a chance for the title now."
Parkinson, who was in Caloundra yesterday to host the Billabong Parko Grom Stomp, has won just about every major event on the tour including dual victories at J-Bay, Bells Beach and the Gold Coast.
Parkinson said he was desperate to add wins at Fiji and Tahiti to his enviable list of achievements that have made him one of Australia's all-time great surfers.
"Fiji and Tahiti mate," he said.
"They have eluded me and they are trophies I would love to hang on the wall.
"I got pipped at the post one time by Mick (Fanning) over there (Tahiti) in the last few second.
"Those are the ones that still elude me."