CARVING: Coolum’s Julian Wilson doing what he does best at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa during his round one heat.
CARVING: Coolum’s Julian Wilson doing what he does best at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa during his round one heat. Kelly Cestari/WSL

J-Dub’s doing what he does best

SURFING: In what appears to be a serious case of horses for courses, Coolum’s Julian Wilson looks to have returned to form at the place where his world title push began in 2015.

Wilson blitzed his round one heat at the J-Bay Open in South Africa on Wednesday night, topping the round one scores with a brilliant 18.77 against Jack Freestone and Nat Young.

He will now meet fellow Australian Joel Parkinson in round three, which could get under way as early as Thursday night Australian time.

Admitting his last two performances on the Championship Tour had been “not so good”, Wilson said it felt great to find his front foot and confidence at the same place where his final with Mick Fanning was cut short last year due to a shark encounter with the former world champion.

“It feels nice to be back here. I had a few good heats at Margaret River but that’s probably one of the better ones I had,” he said.

Wilson had a dream start to the competition, landing a 9.17 with his first wave of the round one heat.

And coming out of the water, he looked the most relaxed he has all year.

“I’m just working really hard to get back to a place like this where I can surf the way I want to surf,” he said.

“I got a lot more opportunities in that heat than I have in the last couple of events.”

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