Wilson notches up heat wins on world tour
SURFING: Peregian Beach's Julian Wilson continued his run of good form on the world tour on Thursday, surging through the Hurley Pro Trestles at California.
The 28-year-old won his sixth heat in a row on the top tier - and his ninth from his past 10 - when he overcame compatriot Ethan Ewing 17.44 to 12.87 in a round four contest.
The world number five was in a buoyant mood heading into the latter stages of the event, scheduled to resume early Friday morning.
"Just keep it simple and keep enjoying my time out in the water and just try and keep smiling,” he told World Surf League.
"My equipment feels insane so I'm just so excited to go back out and surf again.”
He's in the world title hunt.
"I was pretty tied behind the eight ball....but in the last three events I've been able to finish in front of the guys in front of me (on the world rankings),” he said.
World number three Matt Wilkinson and fourth-ranked Owen Wright were eliminated in the early rounds at Trestles too.
It's the eighth stop on the 11-stop Championship Tour.
Meanwhile, fellow Sunshine Coaster Keely Andrew was scheduled to resume her world tour campaign in the Swatch Pro at the same venue on Friday morning.
The second-year competitor was due for a a round four clash with France's Pauline Ado, after finishing last in her three-contender round three heat, which was won by Sally Fitzgibbons.
Andrew is 12th in the ratings during the seventh of 10 events.