Portugal gets punchy for Parko
A VIDEO was posted online of Joel Parkinson and a local body boarder having a heated exchange in the surf at Peniche, the Portuguese beach break at which the contest is held.
The footage shows Parkinson paddling back out into the lineup after catching a wave, he is then approached by the angry body boarder who appears to lash out at our world champ before Parkinson attempts to paddle away from the situation.
When the body boarder follows Parkinson for a second time, the champ sits up on his board and stands his ground in a heated exchange of words and hand gestures.
As part of the Rip Curl online coverage, a journalist asked Parkinson about the incident to which he happily replied.
" Oh look, there are always a couple of heated moments, it's the day before the event and you are trying to catch a couple of warm up waves and there is one or two body boarders trying to stamp their authority," Parkinson said.
" We were just trying to get waves and I had a bit of a run in, but you know, it is all sorted and it is all good, I think if we all treat each other like we would like to be treated it will all work out."
Neither party has taken any further action after the incident which appears to be behind Parkinson as he aims to catch fellow Tweed surfer Mick Fanning and the greatest competitive surfer of all time, Kelly Slater, in this year's chase for the world title.