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Not winning but still exciting

Joel Parkinson and Adam Melling post top waves, while Julian Wilson cuts loose

Updated: May 23, 2011, 11:07 AM ET
By Jon Coen | ESPN Action Sports

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As a surf fan, there's nothing better than seeing a hungry rookie up against the ropes. It's when a surfer is comboed, desperate and struggling in the final minutes that we see truly electrifying surfing.

The surf at Aprador today was the best the Billabong Pro Rio has seen so far, 3-to-4 feet with more open walls. There were two 9-pointers put up . They came from Joel Parkinson, who executed three backside gouges in a row, flowing ...

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