Julian goes pink for cancer research
Coolum’s Julian Wilson was a standout at the recent Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast.
That was mostly because he knocked nine-time world champion Kelly Slater out of the competition but partly because he was riding a pink surfboard.
Every year at the Quiksilver Pro, the former junior world champion goes pink to raise awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Julian’s mum Nola successfully beat breast cancer 14 years ago so he is very passionate about getting the message across to all women, especially to young girls who feel that they are too young to suffer from breast cancer.
Last year, he raised $7500 by donating his Quiksilver Pro prize money and also auctioning off his pink board through eBay.
Julian’s 2009 board, signed by Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Steph Gilmore, is now up for auction.
“It’s such a small thing for me to do and hopefully it helps get the message across, especially to younger women, that is vital to check yourself as early detection is key,” the 20-year-old said.
“My family has been affected by breast cancer and a lot of my friends’ families have also been affected, so this is something that is close to my heart.”
Bids for Julian’s pink board close on Wednesday, March 25.