Cloud 9 didn’t quite turn up the epic conditions seen for the opening rounds, with finalists having to mix innovative, new-school manoeuvres with aerials, on-rail carves and barrel rides in rising one to 1.5 metre waves.
Parkes, who beat the Gold Coast’s Joel Nantes in the quarters before taking down local Carlito Nogalo in the semis, made the most of the smaller conditions to bag two mid-range scores – a 5.50 and a 4.67 in the extended 35-minute final.
“It wasn’t exactly the real Cloud 9, not many barrels,” Parkes said, who collected $US7500 for the win.
“But, I made do with that I had, I’m stoked.”
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