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Australia’s Parkinson wins Vans Triple Crown title

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    In a photo provided by the Association of Surfing Professionals, Joel Parkinson of Australia competes in the Reef Hawaiian Pro surfing event Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, in Haleiwa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Association of Surfing Professionals, Kelly Cestari)
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    In a photo provided by the Association of Surfing Professionals, Joel Parkinson of Australia, hoists his Reef Hawaiian Pro Trophy after winning the event Sunday Nov. 21, 2010 in Haleiwa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Association of Surfing Professionals, Kirstin Scholtz)
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Australia’s Joel Parkinson, 29, won his third consecutive Vans Triple Crown title today without surfing.

Parkinson, who was eliminated Wednesday in the Billabong Pipe Masters in memory of Andy Irons, held the lead for the Triple Crown with the only fellow Australian Adrian Buchan having a shot of catching Parkinson. 

But Buchan needed to win the Billabong, which was completed today with France’s Jeremy Flores winning the event.

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