Parko and Friends
Watching Joel Parkinson surf is to know that all is still good with the world. But while the Coolangatta surfer's syrupy, sublime talent has taken him to the world's dreamiest waves, it's the guy's laidback groove that's seen his friends in each of these locations, over the years, become family. The Hawaiians have a word for it - hanai - an outside child taken in and looked after as one of their own. In Hawaii and Tahiti, Jeffreys Bay and Angourie, Parko's bonds to his adoptive families and the places they call home have been made strong by all-time waves, clownish misadventures, stories around the campfire a thousand miles from home. Told with the help of the surfing's most colourful raconteurs and it's finest photographers, Joel's story is as much about the places and people in his life as it is about Joel himself. As Joel says, "It's a book about me that's not all about me."
Publication Date: 15-Feb-2010
Publisher: Hip & Shoulder Books Pty. Limited