It may have been exit stage right for Julian Wilson at the Billabong ASP Junior World Championships, but he still has a shot at world domination.
That will come at the box office as the Coolum comeback kid next heads off to do a world surfing safari film for former world champion surfer Andy Irons.
He is a free agent now that the good fortune he had been riding with a relentless passion after a four-month injury lay-off finally deserted him.
Wilson, 20, could not buy a decent wave in the round four showdown with Tahitian teenager Tamaroa McComb and he could manage only five scoring waves – the highest being a 4.4 with his next best a 4.40. These low scores were in stark contrast to the pair of 9s he peeled off just two days before.
McComb fared better with his top wave an 8.57.
Wilson’s brother Bart said to come so close to reaching the final eight in the world with just two weeks’ preparation under his belt was more than a fair effort.
The loss ranked him equal ninth overall.
“He just couldn’t get the waves he needed today – even when he had priority to catch the next wave nothing came along,” Bart said.
In the lead up to the world titles, Wilson won the Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage before gaining a wildcard entry with a follow-up win in the VonZipper Trials.
He intends to skip the World Qualifying Series this year to shoot his surfing epic, although he may make some wildcard drop-ins in selected events.
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