Julian Wilson grabs the win over Adrian Buchan in a barrel-filled, all-Australian finale of the 2018 Quiksilver Pro, taking the lead in the CT ranking.
The decision to move the event this morning from Snapper Rocks to Kirra generated a lot of speculations since it only breaks once or twice a year. However, those doubts were immediately put to rest when they were met with perfect (yet dangerous) conditions.
The finals started off with Wilson with a 9.93 barrel ride that put Buchan on his heels. He managed to score an 8.83 but just couldn’t find an answer to his Aussie mate, giving Wilson his first Quiksilver Pro win, 17.43 to 15.1.
Wilson’s AC joint injury last January left him very little time to train. He was literally in pain throughout the entire event and had to constantly seek treatment just so he could compete.
“After the quarter-final, I almost wanted to cry,” Wilson said in an interview. “I thought oh no, it’s not going to hold up. I’m so thankful to have been in this contest on the final day. It’s most definitely been a surprise to me.”
According to him, he found the strength to compete from his wife and his newborn daughter, “Honestly, watching the birth of my first child gave me unbelievable strength to just suck it up, come down here and do what I needed to do.”
“I’ve got huge inspiration from my wife (Ashley) and the whole experience. I’ve got to thank my wife for that.”
Wilson will now head to Bells Beach in an attempt to keep his yellow jersey. “This is so exciting. I have never worn the yellow jersey before,” he said. “To have won this, with my shoulder at 80 percent, anything is possible now.”
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