Wilson Wins Another Junior
Oakley’s favorite Sunshine Coast teenager JULIAN WILSON wrapped up a sensational surfing season with an emphatic victory at the Billabong Pro Junior Series staged in epic two meter waves at Bells Beach. WILSON turned on a performance of power and precision as he carved up the long walling waves of the world renowned break that provided the best surf seen on the 2007 ASP Australasian junior series.
The gifted 18 year-old had runner-up TIM WRENCH (Ulladulla,NSW) on the back foot from his opening ride. WILSON clocking up his two best wave scores a 7.50 and a 9.23 just ten minutes into the decider. WRENCH came back from the two wave scoring combination with an 8.13 ride with twelve minutes remaining but was left requiring an 8.61 on the siren.
“This is the most amazing result I have had all year,” said an elated Wilson who finished at no.2 on the end of year ASP Australasian junior ratings. “I came down to Bells to consolidate my spot in the world juniors, so a top two finish is amazing. I’ll now get a seed for the WQS events in Australia next year.”
“It’s always good to win but it’s really great to win in epic waves. It’s the biggest surf I’ve ever won in. I felt confident all day, I knew what waves were good and I picked them off and got the scores,” added Wilson.
WRENCH who entered the eleventh and season-closing event ranked at no.37, posted the best result of his career in his final junior event. The two-time Australian champion impressed all throughout the final day of competition and was more than happy with his second placing over the field of 160 of Australasia’s best U/20 surfers.
“I can’t believe it. I haven’t gone past the quarter finals before and to do it in my last comp is amazing.” said Wrench. “Julian was so hard to beat after he got those two scores… I tried to come back. I got one good ride but I couldn’t get another one,” added Wrench.
WILSON walked away with the $5000 winner’s cheque while WRENCH was awarded $2500 for his efforts. In all, Wilson won three events on the 2007 junior tour to claim the overall Billabong Pro Junior Series Title and in doing so added his name to a prestigious list of past champions that includes current ASP world title contenders TAJ BURROW and JOEL PARKINSON.
In semi-final one WRENCH easily accounted for BLAKE WILSON (Alex Headland, Qld) in a one-sided encounter. The Sunshine Coasts Wilson struggled to find any high scoring rides to finish a respectable equal 3rd overall.
It was a much, closer clash in semi-final two with JULIAN WILSON narrowly out-pointing Victoria’s highest placed surfer, 19 year-old CARL WRIGHT (Phillip Island) by just over a point. The pair going wave for wave until the talented WILSON posted a near perfect wave score to advance into the final.
“I was looking into that last turn Julian did on that 9.63 ride and I couldn’t believe he made it, but that’s way it goes,” said Wright. This is my best result on the series, so I’m happy to get a result finally. It had been a crappy year for me. I got beaten by the better surfer on the day,” added Wright
New Zealand’s RICHARD CHRISTIE took out the Panasonic Expression Session and HEATH JOSKE (Numbucca, NSW) claimed the $500 Kustomised Maneuver Award for his massive double barrel ride.
Five Australasian surfers for the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships at North Narrabeen in January were decided with ASP Australasian Junior champion MITCH COLEBORN (Maroochydore, Qld) headlining one of the strongest teams ever assembled. WILSON, no.3 ranked JOSKE and no.4 JAYKE SHARPE (Coffs Harbour, NSW) also earning a shot at the coveted ASP world junior title.
No.5 ranked BEAU ATCHISON (Copacabana, NSW) scraped into the Narrabeen line-up after WILSON who had already qualified via his no.2 ranking forfeited the Bells Beach tournament winner’s wildcard with his event victory. “I was so nervous all day,” said a relieved Atchison. “When I heard I qualified I was stoked but to sum it up in a word – lucky.”
The sixth surfer for the world juniors will be the top ranked U/20 Australasian surfer on the end of year 2007 World Qualifying Series (WQS). Currently MATT WILKINSON (Central Coast, NSW) is in the box seat but the end of year rankings will be finalized in Hawaii later this year.
Earlier in the week ASP Australasian junior champion SALLY FITZGIBBONS (Gerroa, NSW) and no.2 AIRINI MASON (NZ) qualified as the two U/20 female surfers to contest the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.
The deciding junior event of 2007 featured $20,000 in prize money for the junior men’s and $3,000 for the junior girls along with a field of 160 guys and 32 girls of Australia’s and the worlds best under 20 aged surfers. The Billabong Pro Junior Series is supported by Coca Cola, Panasonic, UV Triplegard, Clearasil, Von Zipper, Kustom, MTV and Surfing Victoria.
About The Billabong Pro Junior Series
Developed in the early 1990’s as a platform for young surfers aiming to become professionals, the $75,000 Billabong Pro Junior Series is the country’s longest standing and richest domestic junior surfing circuit. The five event series is open to aspiring male and female surfers aged 20-years and under and will comprise half of the overall ASP Australasian circuit, which culminates in the crowning of the ASP World Junior Champion at North Narrabeen each year.
Billabong Pro Junior Series Bells Beach Results
Julian Wilson (Qld) 16.73 def Tim Wrench (NSW) 13.96 pts
Semi Final 1
Tim Wrench 15.24 pts def Blake Wilson (Qld) 7.50 pts
Semi Final 2
Julian Wilson 17.96 pts def Carl Wright (Vic) 16.17 pts
Final 2007 ASP Australasian Junior Ratings
Mitch Coleborn (Marochydore, Qld) 15634
Julian Wilson (Coolum, Qld) 15143
Heath Joske (Numbucca Heads, NSW) 14169
Jayke Sharpe (Coffs Harbour, NSW) 12532
Beau Atchison (Copacabana, NSW) 12238
Brendan Leckie (PalmBeach, Qld) 11243
Blake Wilson (Alexander Headland, Qld) 11095
Madison Williams (Coffs Harbour, NSW) 10953
Owen Wright (Culburra, NSW) 10863
Parrish Byrne (Wollongong, NSW) 10588