Coolum surfing hot shot Julian Wilson has not given the WQS Tour a real crack thus far.
These days, he’s content to follow the best waves across the globe starring in surf films.
But when he does occasionally match wits against the world’s best, he proves he’s up to it.
Having already beaten Kelly Slater twice in his career, the 21-year-old was unable to add former world champion Mick Fanning to his list of big name scalps at the Hurley US Open at California’s Huntington Beach on Sunday morning.
Wilson, pictured, entered the round of 16 as one of the form surfers of the lucrative event, having registered two 17-point plus heat scores previously.
But he could only manage a two-wave total of just 7.84, allowing Fanning (12.00) to
cruise into this morning’s final day.
Slater also won through to the final eight, registering a perfect 10 ride in his easy win over Australian Nic Muscroft.
The winner of the event will take home A$122,500 – the biggest winner’s cheque in competitive surfing history.
Also on Sunday, Wilson also came agonisingly close to securing a wildcard into September’s Hurley Pro WCT Tour event after finishing second in the
With only the winner earning the right to compete at Trestles Beach in September, Wilson was considered unlucky by some on the beach to be edged out by just 0.8 points by Huntington Beach local Brett Simpson.
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