Wilson blows 'em away in the US
JULIAN Wilson has let rip like a hurricane in New York.
The Coolum surfer was a standout on day one of the ASP Quiksilver Pro, blowing the competition out of the water in his first round heat.
In one metre waves, courtesy of approaching Hurricane Katia, Wilson posted a 17 out of 20 two-wave total at Long Island Beach yesterday.
His rivals USA's Taylor Knox (12.60) and fellow countryman Kieren Perrow (10.60) could not get near him.
Australian Josh Kerr who scored a near-perfect 18.57 in his heat shaped as the man to beat however Wilson made his own impression, advancing directly to round three.
"I tried not to watch Kersey (Kerr) because I knew I'd try to over-surf," Wilson said.
"I started the heat how I wanted to, got a 5 and kind of built house on that.
"I made some silly mistakes, but I was pretty lucky to get some scores at the end. I knew if I got some sort of finner or reverse I'd get a good score. I was pretty jittery in the beginning of the heat, but as soon as I got the good one I felt confident."
Going into the $1 million Quiksilver Pro, the sixth stop on the 11-event ASP circuit, Wilson was in 23rd spot in the World Title race however he could rocket up the placings with a solid showing in New York.