SURFING: Julian Wilson made somewhat of a breakthrough at the Fiji Pro on Thursday, making his first quarter finals appearance of the season to climb the world Championship Tour rankings.
In the fifth event of the 11-stop circuit, the 28-year-old defeated Brazil's Italo Ferreira 13.34 to 7.34 in round five to earn a berth in the last eight at Cloudbreak.
But he was then beaten by compatriot and eventual champion Matt Wilkinson 17.00 to 16.30.
"It's been a little bit of voodoo (to get to the quarters) for me so far (this season) but it's good to finally crack that round." he said.
As a result, he moved from 13th to eighth on the standings.
Wilson was sixth overall last year and it's hoped his performance at Fiji this week signals a return to form for the 2014 Pipe Masters champion, who has long been touted a world title prospect in his seven years on tour.
Wilkinson went on to defeat fellow Australian Connor O'Leary in the final, 16.60 to 15.70.
He tops the standings from Hawaii's John John Florence and South Africa's Jordy Smith.
The tour heads to South Africa next month.
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