Parko returns to much fanfare

World champion surfer Joel “Parko” Parkinson gave me a chance to return to my old stomping grounds – Coolangatta – on Wednesday. After winning the ASP title he was returning to his hometown and his main sponsor, Billabong, was encouraging anyone and everyone to welcome him home. He certainly returned home in style – the main feature for me was when the firetrucks on the tarmac fired their hoses high up into the air and his helicopter passed through the mist. I did the video below to accompany a story and gallery that can be seen here.