Julian Wilson Wins Von Zipper Trials, Into Billabong ASP World Juniors
NORTH NARRABEEN - Julian Wilson (Coolum, QLD) continued his impressive comeback to competitive surfing, taking out the Von Zipper Trials at North Narrabeen and gaining entry into the prestigious Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.
Having only returned to competitive surfing last week after a long lay off with an ankle injury, Wilson dominated the competition today, delivering his own brand of dynamic, radical aerial surfing to take the title.
“I felt really confident out there after a strong result last week,” Wilson said. “The ankle felt good, my body felt a bit stiff, but all in all I can’t complain."
In holding aloft the trophy today, Wilson also cemented his position in the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships where he will face off with the hottest junior talent on the globe.
“I really wanted to win this event and make it through to the main event,” Wilson said. “I have never really done that well at this event, so I’m really out to contest for the title – but it’s going to be tough."
The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships is sure to be mind-blowing as the best, most radical, progressive junior competitors from around the world get ready to battle it out for a prestigious ASP World Junior Title.
And with a standout crew of local talent on hand to thwart the hopes of their international rivals, the 2008 Billabong ASP World Junior Championships could be the year for resurgence from the Australian challengers.
One such talent is Dean Bowen who finished in second place in the Von Zipper Trials, but still did enough to qualify for the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships on the back of an excellent 8.50 (out of a possible 10) ride.
“I’m stoked,” Bowen said, "To pit yourself against the world’s best surfers is what everyone wants to do. I’m really looking forward to hopefully surfing well and taking a few big names down."
With competitors traveling far and wide from the eight ASP world regions (Europe, South Africa, South America, North America, Hawaii, Australasia, Asia - plus ASP International region) the Aussies won’t have it all their own way.
Joining Bowen and Wilson in the main draw is Heremoana Luciani who surfed with flair and power all day to claim the final wildcard for the main event with a total heat score of 9.10 (out of a possible 10).
Reading like a who’s who of professional surfing, all competitors will be looking to join the esteemed honour roll which includes ASP World Tour elite Joel Parkinson (Coolangatta, QLD), Adriano De Souza (BRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF) Jessi Miley-Dyer (Bronte, NSW), three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (HAW) and starlet Sally Fitzgibbons (Gerroa, NSW).
The women’s field will host 18 of the most talented up-and-coming female surfers in the world including 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour campaigners Coco Ho (HAW) and Paige Hareb (NZL).