Phillip Island Pro
Huge swell pushes event over to more sheltered spot, Mitch Parkinson takes second
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 October, 2017 - Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island - Western Australian surfer Jacob Willcox has claimed the first ever Phillip Island Pro Men’s QS1,000 today at the Penguin Parade on Victoria’s Phillip Island.
With a continued large swell, the event was held at the protected corner of the Penguin Parade which provided clean right-hand point break waves for the finals of the Men.
Willcox was a late entry into the event and surfed through the opening rounds with ease impressing judges and spectators. The stylish goofy-footer was dominant on the final day scoring heat totals of 16.00 in the Semifinal and 17.00 (out of a possible 20) in the Final to best Mitch Parkinson (Gold Coast, QLD).
“It’s good to get another QS win,” said Willcox. “I have had a pretty rough year with results so it was nice to make the final and win. I spent a month at home after the Europe leg and worked on a few things. It was nice to see it pay off in a competition. Phillip Island definitely reminds me of home. It’s really raw with lots of power in the ocean.”
Parkinson scored a heat total of 14.50 in the final but could not find the scoring rides to beat Wilcox.
“It was a really fun event for me," Parkinson said. "I haven’t really done many QS’s this year but started doing a few in the past few months and have found myself on a bit of a role. The last time I was in Victoria was the Junior Titles 7 years ago and I came second then as well, so hopefully next year I can take the next step. I love it here because the waves come out of deep water and there is lots of power behind it all.”
Willcox and Parkinson now head to the Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro that begins on Thursday in NSW.
1st Jacob Willcox (Margaret River, WA), 17.00
2nd Mitch Parkinson (Gold Coast, QLD), 14.50
Men’s Semi Final 1
1st Jacob Willcox (Margaret River, WA), 16.00
2nd Korbin Hutchings (Gisbon, NZ), 11.85
Men’s Semi Final 2
1st Mitch Parkinson (Gold Coast, QLD), 13.20
2nd Billy Stairmaid (Raglan, NZ), 13.00
Jacob Willcox (Margaret River, WA) and runner up Mitch Parkinson (Gold Coast, QLD).