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20.04.04 - PARKO SIGNS FOR FIVE - Parko signs up for five years in a multi-million dollar deal with Billabong.
- The pain of being on the sideline.

- Bells was perfect, but it had to be earnt via a four hour drive.
13.04.04 - SURF CITY WAITS
- The cash registers ring while we wait to ring THE Bell.
21.04.04 - SPRINGING STRAIGHT BACK IN CALIFORNIA - Barely home from Bells, some of the American WCT crew are back in contest singlets again this weekend.
Ex sarge, Gold Coast, Wednesday April 21st, 2004.
Andy IronsWHILE the majority of the Brasilian and Aussie WCT contingents are back on home shores, crossed up between trying to relax and psyche up for the rapidly approaching Billabong Pro Teahupoo, some of the American brothers have landed back in California from Bells, and are readying themselves to spring straight back into competition. The Body Glove Surfabout, presented by Adio Footwear, started at Trestles today, and though it’s only a two star WQS, there’s some big names down in the draw.
Pat O'Connell “Trestles is probably the best contest wave in California, and I’m excited to be heading down there. When Trestles is head-high, fun and rippable, it’s a wave like few others” said Tim Curran, who is sponsored by Adio, and has a wildcard into the round of 96 this weekend. Other world famous names listed to surf in the following round of 64 include our forever in-form world champ’ Andy Irons, Taylor Knox, Pat O’Connell, CJ Hobgood and Rob Machado.
Tim CurranCurran has previously won twice at Trestles in Body Glove fixtures, and so he’s entitled to be expecting a good result there this weekend. He’ll be able to off-load some rubber down at Trestles, the water temp’ 18C there today. Returning to his northern Californian hometown of Oxnard early last week from Bells, Tim found he had to don booties, so cold was the water at his regular break of Silverstrand Beach. With the air temperature now around 70-74 degrees Fahrenheit (20-23C), it has warmed up quite a bit while the Americans were Down Under contesting the Aussie leg, but the ocean still has some catching up to do on the thermometer.
Taylor KnoxIt was headhigh at Trestles today, but a forecast NW swell, not usually good for Lower Trestles, could mess things up this weekend. A good Southern Hemisphere swell, honing from a much more favourable aspect, is also expected. Mike Parsons and some of the Billabong Big Wave crew bolted down to Tahiti to catch a big swell there yesterday, and Cal’ normally cops those same swells a few days later, so they could hopefully be looking at 4-6’+ this weekend.
There’s well over 200 surfers entered for the event, and the local groms are heaps stoked that they’ll be seeing both good swell and some of their surfing super heroes in action. “It’s unreal that guys like Andy are making an effort to take part in this event, and for the kids to be able to see such a high level of surfing” said Pat O’Connell today, “We really need people to get behind our domestic tour. We’re really lacking not having something like the Bud Tour, which we all had when our group was coming through”.
So as the winter grey rolls into spring-time blue in California, here’s to the Body Glove Surfabout, the USA domestic circuit, the WCT champs supporting it, and to an abounding future for American surfing. Spring has sprung!