The ASP finds itself at the centre of a judging controversy once again, following Joel Parkinson’s Round 2 victory over local French surfer Marc Lacomare at the Quiksilver Pro France. The judges left fans – and the commentators – stumped after awarding Parko unusually high scores towards the end of the heat for rides that seem to pale in comparison to his opponent’s. Read the blog by a former ASP WORLD TOUR JUDGE calling foul on the incident:
The controversy comes after numerous claims of dodgy judging calls that repeatedly went Parko’s way during his 2012 title campaign, most notably for Saffa surf fans during his match-up with Jordy at Trestles last year, as well as his victory earlier this year in Bali, when he scored a perfect 20 – despite falling on one of his scoring rides that still offerred high scoring potential.
Parko surfed smoothly, but the question remains whether his rides were worthy of the excellent scores he was awarded.
Of course, it’s no fault of the current world champ, as he doesn’t decide the scores. Yet Parko’s name keeps trending all over social networks as disgruntled surf fans voiced their opinion on the ‘travesty’ that unfolded in the weak Hossegor surf.
A petition has even been started to put an end to ‘corrupt’ ASP judging. See petition here.
Watch the heat review here, and decide for yourself if the judges made the right call, or if Lacomare was robbed.