Wilson re-ignites world title hopes with grit at Peniche

IN ACTION: Julian Wilson at a prior event at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
IN ACTION: Julian Wilson at a prior event at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Damien Poullenot

SURFING: A strong performance from Julian Wilson at Portugal has seemingly put life back into his world title pursuit.

The 28-year-old was all but out of the running following a disappointing result in France earlier this month but he has bounced back in the penultimate event in Portugal.

He got through round four there on Tuesday night before accounting for Sebastian Zietz 7.50 to 7.40 in the quarter finals on Wednesday night, when the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal was due to come to an end.

Hawaii's ratings leader John John Florence crashed out of the event at Peniche with a quarter finals loss to Kolohe Andino, leaving the world title door slightly ajar for Wilson.

The Peregian Beach board rider will likely still need a strong result at the 11th and final stop at Hawaii - where he has won before - and have other results go his way but he is in a much better position than he was a week ago.

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