SYDNEY, New South Wales/Australia (Friday, November 18, 2011) – Julian Wilson (AUS), 23, has put in some memorable performances on his rookie year among the ASP Top 34. The Aussie prodigy has notched his first Final appearance, launched massive variels and laid down raw power-turns to make a statement while dispatching of the world’s best surfers and making himself a permanent fixture on each event’s highlight reel. Wilson is now sitting at No. 8 on the ASP World Title Rankings, placing the natural-footer in the frontrunner position for the highly sought after ASP Rookie of the Year award by two spots over fellow newcomer Alejo Muniz (BRA), 21, entering the final stop on the ASP World Tour season. STAB Magazine caught up with Wilson to talk about his opening run in the big leagues. This… is their story…
So, your rookie year on the Dream Tour is drawing to a close. What was the highlight of your year? Even though I didn’t get a good result there, I’d have to say Tahiti. It was breathtaking to watch the waves those guys were riding. To be there and witness that in person when it got enormous was a huge highlight of my year. I mean, there was those three events in a row, Chopes, New York, Trestles… Trestles and France were two events where I kinda felt like I was in contention to win the whole event, and that was a pretty cool feeling. It feels good to be getting some results on the WT. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. It’s felt good to start putting the pieces together after a slow start. It’s been a fun year. But I’ve found my stride a little bit and become a lot more comfortable being able to mix it up with those guys.
It felt like there was a point when you absolutely came into your own. Did you feel that? When do you think it was? The thing this year was trying to figure out what worked best as far as a support crew is concerned, and what would get me in the best frame of mind to compete. I think it just took a few events to figure out what worked, and what didn’t. I think the turning point was going to Portugal solo, just to do the event (a Quiksilver Prime, in June). And I won that event and it kinda just showed that I’ve gotta put in the work on my own and just have one or two people for support, like my brothers. At the start of the year I think I had too many distractions and a fair bit of pressure on myself. So I learnt from all those mistakes I was making at the start of the year and turned it around for the second half.
For the full interview with Julian log on to STAB Magazine.
For more on Wilson view his full ASP WORLD TOUR PROFILE.