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Parkinson holds on to ASP lead

COOLANGATTA'S Joel Parkison remains in the lead of the 2009 ASP World Tour despite bowing out in the semi finals of the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro in Brazil over the weekend.

The vent, the fourth spot on this year's world tour, was won by nine time world champion Kelly Slater who beat local favourite, Brazilian Adriano de Souza in clean one metre waves at the main site of Praia Vila.

In was Slater's first win this year and has him sitting in ninth place on the world ranks with de Souza in second place, 670 points behind Parkinosn.

The Brazilian knocked 'Parko' out to get to the final, while Slater beat American CJ Hobgood who eliminated Tweed Heads' Mick Fanning in the quarter finals.

Fanning is currently in fifth place on the tour rankings.

A frustrated Parkinson said he really had wanted the Brazilian event but was satisfied to still be in the placings.

“I had an okay start, but Adriano (de Souza) picked up a few good scores towards the end,” Parkinosn said.

“I got him at home at the Goldy and he got me here in his home country - that's what is great about the tour, everyone surfs in their own country at some point. I'm disappointed, but an equal third is a good result and I'm feeling confident heading into the next event at Jeffreys Bay.”

The next stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour will be the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay in South Africa starting on July 9 and running to July 19.

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