More than just :
The Coolum-born 21 year-old
Australian endured many a wave and stride to come out clean with a good
average that saw him win over 19 year old American Nat Young in the Sri
Lankan Pro Surf Tournament 2010 held in Arugambay.
Hailing from a family where surfing runs through their veins, Julian
is a down-to-earth person with a special charisma that certainly makes
you feel at ease in his company. He said, “Sri Lankan surfers do have
the potential to make it big because the Arugambay waves are first-class
and are great to practice on.”
Coolum’s Julian Wilson is definitely one of the world’s most exciting
and talented surf stars. Together with major talents like USA’s Dane
Reynolds and South African Jordy Smith, Julian is leading a new
generation of high performance surfing. Three awesome achievements stand
out for Julian, amid a stellar junior career peppered with wins in
Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Europe.
In 2006, he shone in Team Australia when he clinched the gold medal
winning his first ever world title at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior
Championships held in Maresias, Brazil. In 2007, he managed to display a
brilliant “Sushi Roll” consisting of a twisting, rotating aerial
technique he created and named during a trip to Japan. In the same year,
he stood on the same stage with surfing legends at the 35th annual
Surfer Poll awards night in Aneheim, California and accepted the award
for “Best Male Performance of the Year” for his incredible section in
Quiksilver’s award winning film “Young Guns III”. In the process, he
became the youngest ever recipient of the award.
In 2008, Wilson took home his second Junior Series win at the
Billabong Pro Junior Series tournament, stop No.9 at Wollongong. He won
the third annual O’Neill Mission and took second at the Oakley Pro
Junior North Stradbroke Island. Julian has become one of the most
popular and most wanted surfers with massive sponsorships by Quiksilver,
Red bull and many others that are just too many to list. When he’s not
seen on the waves, his face has been used to grace the covers of many
surf magazines and other surf-body commercials that have put his
youngster firmly on the map.
Among his video credits are the Quiksilver Young Guns series and the
2009 release of Taylor Steele’s “Stranger Than Fiction” Julian has also
surfed in front of 25,000 people in the strangest of places – the Sunway
Lagoon wavepool in the land-locked city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where
he was whipped into two-to-three foot man-made waves by a jet-ski. Born
and raised on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Julian, 20, is the youngest
of three brothers who also surf. Under the watchful and caring eye of
mum Nola, who occasionally paints the designs seen on Julian’s boards,
together they make a proud surfing family.
In addition to surfing, Wilson also likes to skate, golf and fish.
About this status, he says, “I am extremely single and keen to mingle!”
Musically, he’s interested in rap music and showcases a 12-pack when
he’s in his cool surf suit. His own film “Scratching the Surface” is due
for release in September 2010. Check Julian on our poster!
Pic by Sulochana Gamage