AIRTIME: Sunshine Coast product Julian Wilson will attack the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o this week.  (Photo by Pierre Tostee/WSL via Getty Images)
AIRTIME: Sunshine Coast product Julian Wilson will attack the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o this week. (Photo by Pierre Tostee/WSL via Getty Images)

It’s Tahiti time for Wilson

SURFING: Former world tour runner-up Bede Durbidge believes the famous swells of Teahupo’o could play an important role in Julian Wilson turning his season around.

The Sunshine Coast product will drop into the seventh stop on the world tour, the Tahiti Pro, this week.

It’s a familiar hunting ground for the 30-year-old, having won the event in 2017.

He was runner-up on last year’s Championship Tour, but has endured a tough year, cracking only one podium in the opening seven events.

However, Durbidge expected Wilson to attack Tahiti and the back half of the season with extra vigour.

“I think he’s had a good block at home and he’ll be really fired up for a good back end of the year,” Durbidge said.

“He has won Tahiti before and I think it’s a spot where he can turn his year around.

“He just (needs to) trust his instincts and his knowledge and just back himself really.

“He’s got the ability and the knowledge (to win), he’s won it before so he needs to just draw on those past experiences and just go for it.”

Teahupo’o has been living up to it’s name of late, with pumping 15 foot (4.5m) waves rolling through.

Durbidge has plenty of experience at the break over his decade-long career, placing third at the event in 2014.

“It’s pretty terrifying when it’s big, that’s for sure. But it’s such a perfect wave too on the other hand,” he said.

“But it looks like for the contest it’s not going to be that big, about mid-range swells, so not life-threatening or terrifying.

“I’d say all the surfers won’t be too on edge.”

While Wilson is currently focused on performing at Tahiti, Durbidge, who is Surfing Australia’s Elite Program manager, said he’s also set to carve up for his country next month.

Wilson is set to be part of the Australian team contesting the World Surfing Games in Japan from September 7-15.

The event at Miyazaki contributes towards qualification for surfing’s debut at next year’s Olympic Games.

Wilson will join Owen Wright, Ryan Callinan, Stephanie Gilmore, Nikki Van Dijk and Sally Fitzgibbons at the event.

“It’ll be the first time we’ve all come together to compete (as a team),”

“We’ve had a few camps along the way over the last two years, so I think to be able to compete together will be a whole new experience and I think they’ll enjoy a different element of travelling as a group for their country.

“It’s going to be pretty exciting with less than 12 months out to the Games.”

The Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o is expected to get underway early tomorrow morning (AEST).



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