The last couple years have been a whirlwind of promo shoots and non-stop competition for Australia’s Julian Wilson. Since qualifying for the ASP World Tour in 2011, he’s been circling the globe and living the glamorous life of a prodigious talent and a teenage heart-throb (have you seen the way the young ladies scream when he’s near?!). Along the way, Julian has proved himself more than an aerialist or performance-wave specialist. At the historic Code Red swell at Teahupo’o in 2011, Julian was one of the few Tour guys to grab a tow rope and charge the ferocious conditions on hand.
The accolades have been many over the years: attempting and landing the world’s first “Sushi Roll” (2007); the youngest-ever recipient of the Surfer Poll award for “Best Performance of the Year” for his part in Quiksilver’s “Young Guns III” (2008); Triple Crown Rookie of the Year in 2010 after a second-place finish at Sunset and his recent win at the Nike US Open of Surfing in front of 50,000 spectators at Huntington Beach Pier. Between his competitive fire and desire to improve, there’s no reason to believe the momentum will cease any time soon.
Aside from his surfing talents, Julian is also an ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. His mother is a breast cancer survivor and he was inspired to ride a pink board in competition by close family friend and international cricketer Matt Hayden, who plays with a pink bat for the same cause.
Q & A
When did you turn pro?
If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?
Pink boards and trunks at Snapper? Sushi Roll? The necklace I used to wear?
*Fun= sun *Vision= clear *Friend= Jim *Foe= no *Greenhouse= gas *Gas= bay
When did you first start riding? Where/why?
Think I was 3 and at Noosa. My Mum and Dad as well as my older brothers all surfed so it was a no-brainer
What drives you to be sicker than everyone else?
Do I need more motivation than just to be sick?
If you weren’t ripping on a surfboard, what kind of menial task would you want to do?
If you had to date one person who would it be: Pamela Anderson after Tommy Lee, Snookie from Jersey Shore or your mom in the past like Michael J. Fox from Back to the Future?
Pam for sure
If you had to share a bathroom with one Oakley rider, who would it NOT be and why?
Tom Whitaker, too much product
What wave scares you the most?
Which break is just pure FUN for you?
Talent…other than doing no handed pushups:
I can sleep anywhere
First thing you do when you get back from a trip is…
Sleep and eat mum’s cooking
A lot of riders never get to go to Prom, did you go, who did you take or who would you ask if you could go today?
No I didn’t get to
What is something that you wouldn't normally tell someone about yourself?
I like long walks on the beach, candle lit dinners and talking about feelings hahaha
Fist pumping? Head Banging? C-Walking? Or Funky Chicken? Which one? Or all of the above?
Not sure what C-Walking or the funky chicken are but nothing wrong with a good fist pump
Dream vacation spot:
Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?
Get punched in the gut by Mr T and then watch Chuck Norris super roundhouse him for me
If the most interesting man in the world wanted to take your girlfriend out would you let him?
Umm if I had a girlfriend I would probably say no!
People would be super surprised if they knew that you…
Taylor Swift or Myley Cyrus? Or if you prefer older, Megan Fox or Diane Kreuger?
Taylor swift and Megan Fox (together)
Life’s a skate park, shred it