AT HOME: Julian Wilson pictured at Peregian Beach earlier this year.
AT HOME: Julian Wilson pictured at Peregian Beach earlier this year. Tom Threadingham

Wilson loses ground in race for world title after Tahiti

SURFING: Sunshine Coast's Julian Wilson lost significant ground on the world tour leaderboard at the end of the Billabong Pro Tahiti.

The 29-year-old dropped from second to third in the standings but saw his deficit to leader Filipe Toledo balloon from about 4000 points to 9605.

The Coolum Beach product was eliminated in round two by local wildcard Tikanui Smith while Brazilian Toledo reached the semi-finals before he bowed out to Australian Owen Wright.

The latter was beaten by Gabriel Medina in the final 13.50 to 12.07.

The Brazilian moved to second in the standings.

"I came here and trained a lot and I was just waiting for the victory. I love Tahiti and I've had some great finals here,” he said in a World Surf League press release.

"I've won here before, two second-place finishes, and another win now.

"Now I can kind of start thinking about winning a world title. I think anything is possible. There's a couple of events to go and I just want to keep giving it my best.”

Teahupo'o is a famous break but Wilson had some unfavourable conditions in his heat.

"Not how I wanted to leave but none the less, it was a pleasure as always. Regrouping and moving forward to the next event,” Wilson said on social media.

The next event is at the Surf Ranch Pro in California next month, when the tour has its first stop amid man-made waves.

Tahiti ProResults:

1 - Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.50 2 - Owen Wright (AUS) 12.07

SF 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 12.60 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 10.03 SF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.17 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 6.10

QF 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 11.43 def. Michael February (ZAF) 8.60

QF 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.00 def. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 9.57

QF 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.57. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 7.57

QF 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.34 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 5.74

WSL Men's CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Tahiti Pro):

1 - Filipe Toledo (BRA) 41,985 pts

2 - Gabriel Medina (BRA) 35,685 pts

3 - Julian Wilson (AUS) 32,380 pts

4 - Italo Ferreira (BRA) 30,160 pts

5 - Wade Carmichael (AUS) 25,550 pts


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