SURFING: Sunshine Coast's world Championship Tour regular Julian Wilson stunned observers at the Australian Open of Surfing with an alley-opp to air reverse combination.
It certainly impressed judges, who rewarded him with a perfect wave score en-route to a winning two-wave total of 18 points, ahead of Noe Mar McGonagle in a four-man heat at Manly Beach
"The waves are really fun...and it looks as if it's going to keep coming all week,” Wilson told World Surf League.
"It feels good to make my first heat of the year.
"I'm taking this event as seriously as a CT event. It's important to get a good start to the season here.
"Once we get deeper into the draw it goes to man-on-man heats so it's a great warm-up for the CT season.”
Wilson has long been touted a world title contender and has finished in the world's top 10 six times, including an eighth placing last campaign.
Fellow Coasters Mitch Coleborn also progressed to round three of the 6000-point QS event but youngster Kai Hing bowed out, finishing fourth in in Coleborn's heat.
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