Parko at Molokai

Master and apprentice. Wes showing Parko how it’s done during a training paddle on the Gold Coast. Photo: Andrew Shield

“Aww, I’m competitive. I’m here to be competitive, I’m here to finish, survive and be competitive. Just throw your hat in the ring and see what happens.”

Joel Parkinson wanted to do more than just make up the numbers on the 51km Channel of Bones Hawaiian ocean paddle race in late July … and with a third place team finish with paddling partner Wes Berg, he did much more than just survive.

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