Australian Hurley team rider, Julian Wilson’s performance was nothing less than jaw dropping at the Hurley Pro event this week at Trestles. The 2-3ft shifty surf would have been quite a challenge to any average surfer, but for Wilson, these small waves served as vital launching pads as he took to the air heat after heat. Known for his accurate, high performance surfing, it was no surprise that the Hurley athlete rode his 6’0” JS through until the finals of ASP World Tour competition at Lowers.
Check out The Surf Channel’s “Sequence of the Week” featuring Julian Wilson during his battle with Taj Burrow in the Final heat, followed by an exclusive interview with the WCT competitor.
Photo sequence and interview by The Surf Channel | Shannon Quirk.
The Surf Channel: Why is Trestles so important to the competitors on the WCT?
Julian Wilson: Trestles is the event that everyone gets excited about, because when everybody comes here they know it’s not so much of a wave catching event. It’s who’s on good boards and who is surfing at the top of their game. So, a lot of the heats have really high totals because it’s guys being able to have equal opportunities and show what they can do.
A lot of the time the best man wins the heat, so that’s what everyone looks forward to coming here for and doing, because in a lot of the events it comes down to wave selection. There is usually ample opportunities and you just have to out surf the other person…
Everyone enjoys this event.
Describe the surfboard that got you through to the final.
Julian Wilson: It’s the same board I rode in the whole event. It was a 6’0” JS. The board felt great, but it wasn’t the boards’ fault I lost the final.