Joel Parkinson officially pulled out of this week’s Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, after badly slicing his foot while surfing at his home break of Snapper Rocks a few days ago.
“I just pulled into a barrel and have been taken out by the foamball, and pretty well straight away I’ve felt the board hit me,” says Joel, the current world number 8. “I knew immediately it was a pretty serious cut. I didn’t want to look at it when I came in because I knew it wouldn’t be good.” Joel was helped up the beach to a waiting ambulance by good friend and three-time world champion, Andy Irons who had been surfing with him.
The cut is on the underside of Joel’s right foot, just in front of his heel. Due to fly out early next week for South Africa, the injury will not have time to heal and as such Joel has made the decision to miss the Jeffreys Bay event, where he is the defending champion.