Julian Wilson Eliminates Slater in Round 3 of Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
Oakley’s Julian Wilson (AUS), 20, caused the upset of the season by eliminating reigning nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 37, from competition during Round 3 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at Snapper Rocks.
Wilson, who is surfing in his third Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast as a wildcard, wasted no time in taking it to Slater in the last heat of the day, racking up a 6.83 out of a possible 10 to open up before sealing the deal with an 8.50 out of a possible 10.
“I’m over the moon right now,” Wilson said. “I was so nervous before that heat just thinking about what I could do to beat Kelly [Slater]. For so long, he has been unstoppable. I started the heat on the inside and got the first wave, which is what I wanted to do. It feels so good to beat him.”