Amazing day of surfing at Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay at Coolangatta saw Kelly Slater win his First Round Heat. Saturday was the first day of competition in the ASP World Tour for 2011.
Taj Burrow, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Julian Wilson went straight through to Round Three with commanding performances in the right hand surf. The usual suspects are at the top again. In the afternoon conditions became marginal and there was a distinct advantage to competitors who surfed first as wind and tide affected the break on the sandbank.Jeremy Flores Injured, Withdraws from Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Marc Lacomare will replace him.
Julian Wilson showed that his return to professional surfing from injury will be exciting. He surfed with confidence and chose waves with potential for high scores. Julian is the product of a fanatical surfing family. His dad Mick, mum Nola and brothers Bart and Seb, all surf.
A prodigious junior talent, Julian took home national titles in both long and shortboard divisions before diving right into the shortboard scene in his mid teens.
Multiple pro junior titles and the 2006 ISA World Junior Title soon followed. In 2007 he attempted and landed a world first “Sushi Roll” a manoeuvre he named during a photo trip to Japan. In 2008 he became the youngest ever recipient of the Surfer Poll award for “Best Performance of the Year” for his part in Quiksilver's Young Guns III. In 2010 Julian released his own signature film titled “Scratching the Surface” that involved a one-year hiatus from competition.
During filming Julian busted foot and his break from surfing in events was extended. When he was finally cleared to surf midway through the 2010 he hit the World Qualifying Series hoping to secure a strong seeding for the following year. With an event win in Sri Lanka (his first event back) and a strong end-of-season showing in Hawaii – that included two finals and the Triple Crown Rookie Of The Year title – Julian collected enough points to join the 2011 ASP World Tour.
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1:Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.26, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.44, Heitor Alves (BRA) 6.57
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.67, Gabe Kling (USA) 12.27, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.03