Family title no longshot for Wilsons
Coolum whiz kid Julian Wilson has won titles around the world.
On Sunday, he clinched a couple of titles at home, including one with his dad.
And this time, his shortboards were safely stored away at home. He was on a longboard.
Fresh from beating nine-time world champion Kelly Slater at the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast, the Coast teenager enjoyed the ambience and fun peeling waves at Noosa’s First Point on the opening day of the GSI Noosa Festival of Surfing.
Julian paired with his father Mick, one of the original surfers at Noosa, to take out the Honolua Surf Co./Le Monde Spirit of Family Challenge in which there was an esteemed line-up of famous family pairs surf for the title, including former world championship tour competitor Luke Egan and his dad Sam.
The Wilsons dominated the event, where the teams had to have a split of at least one generation, with Julian posting multiple eight and nine-point rides.
Mick more than held his own with some long, peeling four and five-point rides.
“We get plenty of perfect longboard waves up here and my brothers and dad obviously love longboarding and I’m okay with it as well,” the former world champion said.
Later in the day, Julian paired off with Jamie Willems to win the World Champs Charity Challenge which donated more than $7000 to charities Surfaid International, Frangipani Dreams and the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire appeal.