Joel Parkinson, Quicksilver Pro’s First Perfect 10

Aussies dominating the opening leg of the Quiksilver Pro World Surfing Tour

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australian Joel Parkinson notched the first ever perfect 10 at the Quiksilver Pro world surfing champion event at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast.

Stung earlier by a bluebottle jellyfish, world No.2 Parkinson met fellow Queenslander Julian Wilson in their quarter-finals appearance and his perfect 10 meant Wilson didn't stand much of chance.

The win came after Jordy Smith defeated both Parkinson and Miguel Pupo in the three-way round-four matchup, with Smith edging Parkinson by 0.14 points. The two will meet again in the quarters.

The event at Snapper Rocks in the opening leg of the world tour but the heat has been extremely bad and the small one metre waves meant the surfers have been forced to use smaller, wider boards to produce in the conditions.

Taj Burrow used a great wave to post a 17.34 total (out of 20) and will meet another Australian, Adrian Buchan, in the next round while Adriano De Souza of Brazil will go against Owen Wright of Australia.

Burrow discovered during his heat that his board had broken, forcing him to rush quickly back to shore in order to find a replacement.

Kelly Slater defeated Hawaiian Fred Patacchia 16.36 to 12.4 and advances to face Australian Josh Kerr in the second quarter-final showdown.

In the women’s Roxy Pro World Tour, Aussies Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons will meet, first time since Gilmore halted Fitzgibbons’ advance towards her first world title.

"The last time was in France and I beat her in the semi-final and funnily enough it stopped her from winning the world title," Gilmore said referring to their past encounter.

"So that was quite an interesting heat because I wanted to see my fellow countrywoman do well but at the same time, a heat is a heat and we are all out there to win."