One Touch is a documentary that crosses the divide between surfing and paddling and explores the cultural connection that brings them together each year in Hawaii. Find out more about 'One Touch' and the Molokai crossing here.
The 2012 Volcom Fiji Pro went off this year. What was it like to competitively surf a wave like Cloudbreak?
[JP] It’s about as much fun as you can have. When it gets too perfect it actually makes it hard to surf a heat… your mind drifts off and you forget you’re there to do a job. You go into La La Land.
[WB] Being Joel’s trainer I got to see the hype first hand, it is honestly some of the biggest waves I have seen first hand in my life and some of the best surfing. Joel was definitely a stand out and on the massive day when big wave surfers flew in from around the world Joel was out there showing everyone what he is made of. He is truly an amazing surfer in all conditions.
RELATED: 'Cloudbreak' is one of the top 10 biggest waves in the world. What are the other nine?.The ASP World Tour is on a break til August, and the Surf Ironman doesn't start up again til October. How do you usually spend your time away from professional competition?
[JP] I flew home from the Fiji contest and four days later flew straight back with the family for another two weeks! It’s a pretty long break, but I’ll be in full training for the Molokai to Oahu race, so I’m putting it to good use.
[WB] My off season from the The Nutri-Grain Ironman series is April til October. We start training in June but I usually travel with the surfers I train, and then try and get a little family holiday in with my wife and daughter.
Joel: Yourself, Kelly and Mick are sitting pretty close at the top of the tour rankings with Teahupoo the next event. How important is a good result at Teahupoo and is it a favourite stage for you?
[JP] Really important, but I’m not dwelling on it. I felt my surfing in Fiji was really good so I’m probably a little disappointed I didn’t finish higher, but I’m definitely not disappointed with the way I surfed, and my consistency has been there this year so I’m hopeful of a good result in Tahiti. As long as I’m getting waves and having fun the results tend to take care of themselves.
RELATED: Joel Parkinson shot to #1 on the 2012 ASP World Tour this year. What event was it at?Dean, you don’t compete in many events. Is that a side of surfing you’re not really into?
[DB] I basically got over competing full time in my teens. The bad waves that competitions with no waiting periods are always held in gets frustrating, especially when you're 20+kg heavier than most of the competitors, I just struggle to get moving in the smaller stuff compared to most guys. Although Rip Curl gave me a wildcard into their San Francisco WCT event last year and that was an awesome experience. Competing against Kelly Slater is something I'll never forget.
RELATED: Reasons why Kelly Slater is the greatest athlete of all timeDean, as a free surfer, where do you spend your time during the Australian winter?
[DB] Winter is a great time of year for waves in Australia so I try and spend a lot of time here. It's also prime time for good surf in other places I love like Indonesia and Mexico so I try and get there as well.What music gets you pumped up before a surf heat or Ironman event?
[WB] Before I race in the Nutri-Grain Ironman Series I listen to a bit of Hilltop Hoods mostly but mix it up a bit, anything that gets you feeling good.
[DB] The Black Keys
[JP] Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.If you could invite three people to dinner, who would you choose?
[WB] Best dinner parties are always the ones with a few beers and best mates so I would invite my three best mates.
[DB] Rodger Federer, Manny Pacquiao, Will Ferrell.
[JP] MP, the Dalai Lama, and King Wally.Related Links:
- Australian surfing legend Michael Peterson (MP) dies, aged 59
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- More about 'One Touch' at the Garage Entertainment website