While it’s probably no coincidence that JulianWilson.com just released a new edit from the freshly crowned 2012 U.S. Open of Surfing champion, the timing–not to mention the surfing–is such that it’s more than worthy of spotlighting. In this short clip, the Sunshine Coaster looks to have traveled south to find a rain-soaked sandbar somewhere along the New South Wales coast this past Spring (that’s Fall in Oz).
The surf is hardly breathtaking–it actually looks like a fun day of wind swell at your local spot–but the shoulder high, against-the-grain lefts and sucky rights provide Jules with enough repetition to practice a few of his skate-inspired tricks. (The hyphenated phrase “skate-insert appropriate adverb here” was unavoidable during his run to the U.S. Open title, with webcasters and beach announcers beating the term into the ground like a pinata at a quinceanera.)
But Wilson’s skateboarding skills are impressive, and along with John John Florence and Gabby Medina, he’ll drag the ASP judging criteria kicking and screaming into the Twenty-Tens. During one sequence, he goes: big corked f/s air reverse (missed), huge f/s Stale Fish air reverse (missed), f/s Slob Air (made), and ends with a tweaked f/s Mute Grab (made).
Never one to shy away from a few hues straight out of the ’80s, Jules has taken his Nike wetsuits to the next level as well–sea foam green and tangerine yellow short-sleeve steamers anyone? Not that it matters, with surfing like this his ‘wetters pale in comparison.