Summers and Parks, both Australian Institute of Sport / NSW Institute of Sport athletes, turned the tables on the two pre-event favourites, fellow AIS / NSWIS skiers Matt Graham and Britt Cox.
Graham, who has won the last four ABOM events, was chasing a record equalling fifth victory but had to be content with second place ahead of NSWIS athlete Rohan Chapman-Davies in third.
Parks added a second ABOM trophy to a previous win in this event in 2009 with a narrow 13-12 win over second placed NSWIS athlete Madii Himbury.
While in many ways it was a surprise that Cox, with two World Cup podium finishes to her name, did not win her fourth consecutive ABOM, it was an even bigger shock that Cox failed to win through to the final.
Cox lost a tight semi-final dual with Himbury, with Cox relegated to third after winning the consolation final.
Summers, who signalled his strong potential with a seventh place in the mogul World Championships earlier this year, said that the win is a direct result of the support provided to him through the Olympic Winter Institute program.
“After I qualified for the national team to work with our coach Steve Desovich, Jerry Grossi and everybody else in the support team, it’s been massive. They have invested a lot into me this year and I have been trying to capitalise on it as much as I can,” Summers said.
“Since I had my best results of seventh in the single moguls and ninth in the duals at the World Championships in Norway, I’ve been training as hard as I can although the job is not done until the Olympics are over.”
Summers admitted that it was difficult lining up against Graham, who is a close friend as well as a fellow AIS / NSWIS athlete sharing the same goals.
“It sucks when you beat your best mate sometimes but you do what you have to do and that is what sport is sometimes,” he said.
Summers admitted that he felt a little more disappointment for Graham given that his mate was trying to win the ABOM for a fifth consecutive year.
“I think that made it a little tougher. I actually apologised to him when we shook hands at the bottom. I felt bad for taking away his record but we all wanted it really bad out here today.
“Winning today is a real confidence boost in the lead up to the Olympics, especially when the win was against somebody like Matt Graham. His turns are in a class of the best in the world.”