Wilson powers through in WA
COOLUM'S Julian Wilson wants to extinguish his frustrations of last month's poor showing at the Quiksilver Pro by progressing deep into the Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River.
Wilson was in epic form for round one of the second stop on the World Championship Tour after winning his opening heat in convincing fashion. His performance was in stark contrast to his efforts at last month's Quiksilver event.
Wilson's world title aspirations took an early blow when he was bundled out in the third round of the season-opener at the Gold Coast. The Coolum surfer, who was sixth in the race for the world championship last year, had been honest about his desire to capture the world title in 2014. But the 25-year-old's quest was hampered at Snapper Rocks when he was beaten by WCT rookie and Gold Coast local Mitch Crews.
Wilson said yesterday's sterling start in Western Australia had gone some way to appease the disappointment of last month's early exit.
"Snapper was frustrating but Mitch Cruz is a local there and he was always going to be a tough competitor," he said.
"It's a long year and there is going to be ups and downs but I am just going to keep pushing forward and take the positives."
Wilson was in vintage form at the famed Western Australian break tearing the solid three metre swell to shreds.
The morning high tide provided limiting conditions for contestants of the earlier rounds before receding just in time for Wilson's heat.
Wilson made the most of the dropping tide to post the highest two-wave total of the day (16) with rides of 8.5 and 7.5 on the back of his trademark power
He disposed of Frenchman Jeremy Flores (11.53) and Australian Dion Atkins (9.17) with ease to progress straight to round three.
"It's really clean and when it's clean out there it is a lot easier to pick the waves because it can be pretty hazardous," Wilson said.
"I was in the rhythm with the (wave) priority too...I am just happy to be back over here - I love it."
Coast surfers Mitch Coleborn and Nathan Hedge will contest the sudden death round two heats today after finishing third and second respectively. Alexandra Headland's Dimity Stoyle was also forced into the sudden-death second round after she finished third in her opening heat.
Coleborn will meet 2012 world champion Joel Parkinson, while Hedge faces 11-time world champion Kelly Slater.