Friday, 1 February 2019 4:26:09 pm Australia/Sydney
Coming into the showdown at Pipe, with the most challenging road in our sport standing between him and even a shot at the World Title, you’d think Julian Wilson would be feeling the pressure. From a surfing mad nation, as its best shot at the crown. From family, friends and fans, willing J-Dub on to the win. From himself, as Julian’s ultimate career goal looms large, almost within reach.
What we saw however, and what Julian’s best mate and filmer Jimmy Lees has captured here, wasn’t quite the pressure cooker you’d imagine. It was just Australia’s best surfer, almost the world’s best, going about his daily routine. Taking care of his young family first and foremost, hanging with friends, surfing and training at every chance he’d get.
Among these were several historic performances on the North Shore, from some of the thickest Backdoor waves ridden during the biggest comp day run in years, to a huge victory against Kelly Slater at Pipeline to make the final.
We’re honoured to have been along for the ride as Julian closed out his best year yet on the WSL Dream Tour. 2019, here we come. Read More
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 8:39:05 pm Australia/Sydney
As good as it gets. Julian, moments after taking out a dream final with Ryan at Les Estagnots. All photos Ryan Miller & Trevor Moran
Friday, 15 June 2018 4:34:35 pm Australia/Sydney
Jules, back at world number one after making the Ulutwatu CT final. Photo Ryan Miller
Monday, 28 May 2018 2:59:50 pm Australia/Sydney
Jules, threading one of the thicker waves on opening day at Keramas. All photos Ryan Miller and Trevor Moran Read More
Thursday, 24 May 2018 11:36:39 am Australia/Sydney
Last time the CT rolled into Bali, Parko was crowned King of Keramas including two 10 point rides along the way. Whatever happens this time around, you know it'll be entertaining. Photo WSL
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 12:34:48 pm Australia/Sydney
Mikey, showing why he's taken more scalps than any other wildcard on the CT so far this year. Photo Trevor Moran
Friday, 4 May 2018 3:55:36 pm Australia/Sydney
Jules throwing one to the flats, not far from his second home. Photo Peter Boskovic
Now living part time on the Sunshine Coast and part time in Newcastle, J-Dub's been scoring plenty of fun waves between CT events. Ever since we sent his first batch of boards down south earlier in the year, he's managed to keep things fresh by surfing just about everything in the quiver - from a HYFI Psycho Nitro on the smallest days (set up as a quad) to regular PU Air 17s in preparation for better waves and contests. With a rippable little beachie on the cards this day, Julian's weapon of choice was his new step down, the Air 17X, in HYFI. Board breakdowns below (he's 6'0" / 80kg):
Monday, 30 April 2018 3:32:17 pm Australia/Sydney
Jules looking comfortable in the yellow jersey as he slides through another North Point drainer. At 6'0" / 80kg, he went with a slight step up FMNII round pin, 6'3" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 29.3L. Photo Ryan Miller
Friday, 16 March 2018 12:27:03 pm Australia/Sydney
Our 2018 Quiksilver Pro champion and new world number one, Julian Wilson. All photos Ryan Miller and Scotty Hammonds
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 4:25:52 pm Australia/Sydney
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.