Our 2018 Quiksilver Pro champion and new world number one, Julian Wilson. All photos Ryan Miller and Scotty Hammonds
Mikey and Tyler, both en route to the podium after stepping down to their HYFIs for finals day.
You'd be smiling too if you were standing under the Golden Gate with the perfect California all-rounder!
Rippable novelty spots, proper Pipeline, and everything in between at the sandbars, Rocky Point and Off The Wall – Jules’ Hawaiian quiver here saw it all. Photo Jimmy Lees
From a wild and inconsistent North Shore season to summer in Newcastle, Julian’s had boards dialled for just about every type of wave you could imagine over the last month. Staying sharp in between swells before Pipe? Air 17X. Mixed bag of ramps, walls and tubes at Rocky Point? Air 17. Backdoor warm-ups? Forget Me Not.
Air 17X R&D with Julian at home from JS INDUSTRIES on Vimeo.
Being one of the most versatile surfers in the world, Julian knows exactly the type of equipment he needs everywhere he goes around the world. From his Air 17s and other shortboards in Europe, to the latest quiver of step ups and guns he's taking to Hawaii, there's a lot of variety there. But for fun, smaller surf - whether it's at home on the Sunshine Coast, Sydney or California - the new benchmark we've worked on with Jules is the Air 17X. Read More
Ace, fresh off the plane, straight into sharpening his backhand at Sunset. Photo Ryan Miller
Full of confidence, Julian was throwing everything at the first section every time he took off. Nose picked, mid-rotation, one foot on the board... all control. Photo Trevor Moran
JS, talking boards in the locker room with a few of the Traktor Team on opening day. Clip Peter King Read More
Jules, seconds after his victory lap to seal CT win number three! Photo Ryan Miller
After three days of non-stop, cutthroat competition, Julian Wilson is the new Billabong Pro Tahiti champion! Our boy built from start to finish, coming from behind in the final to lock in his two best waves of the entire event to overcome a combo from Medina. With so much hard work from Jules in reef break tubes over the last few years, plus a lot of R&D alongside JS on nailing the right boards, we're over the moon to see J-Dub take such a well earned victory at Teahupo'o. Bring on Trestles! Read More
Board breakdowns, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg):