Julian Wilson on wave of Coast support ahead of titles
THE Coast is right behind Coolum surfer Julian Wilson today as he hits the water for the Billabong Pipe Masters and a chance at the world title.
The 27-year-old must win the event and he needs his main rivals to bow out in the earlier rounds for him to be crowned champion.
The feat is not as impossible as it sounds though, considering the Coolum surfer won the event in spectacular fashion last year and has proven to be in tune with the Hawaiian waves by finishing runner-up to Fanning in the Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach last week.
On top of this, Wilson has had an extremely strong year on the tour with three second-place finishes at the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast, the Fiji Pro and the J-Bay Open. He also finished in third place at the Quiksilver Pro in France and was voted as the fan's fourth favourite surfer at the SURFER poll awards only a matter of days ago.
The world title or the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title would be the perfect way for Wilson to finish what has been a busy year of surfing, shark encounters and getting engaged.
This year's results have been a long time coming for Wilson, who of all of the surfers to come out of the Sunshine Coast has worked and trained to become the most successful.
Since joining the world tour in 2011 Wilson has finished in the top 10 every year bar one, an impressive effort for any athlete.
In and out of the water, Wilson is a gracious competitor who is a great ambassador for the Sunshine Coast and an inspiration and role model for the region's future surfers.
All of the Sunshine Coast would be getting behind Wilson today as he competes to bring the first surfing world title to this corner of the globe.
The Sunshine Coast Daily started #supportjulian as a means to send messages of encouragement and let him know that his home town half way across the world is cheering for him.
Wilson will face Ricardo Christie and Kai Otton in heat seven of round one of the Pipe Masters, which will get under way on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, today.