Julina Wilson wins the VonZipper Trials – secures entry into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships
(North Narrabeen, NSW – Friday, 2 January 2009): Julian Wilson (Coolum, QLD) continued his impressive comeback to competitive surfing today taking out the VonZipper Trials at North Narrabeen.
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 after racking up a combined heat total of 13.23 (out of a possible 20).
"The ankle felt good, my body felt a bit stiff, but all in all I can't complain," he said with a winning smile.
In holding aloft the trophy today Wilson also cemented his position in the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships where he will face off with some the hottest talent on the globe.
"I really wanted to win this event and make it through to the main event," Wilson admitted after defeating Dean Bowen (Gerroa, NSW), Nick Riley (Harbord, NSW) and Tahitian Luciani Heremoana (PYF) in the hotly contested final.
Looking forward to competing against the world's best the surfing wunderkind has his sights set on continuing his winning ways in the main event which will take place from 3 -10 January 2009.
"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," he added.
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 Junior World 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, 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 a mere month after being crowned the Australian Junior Champion.
"To pit yourself against the world's best surfers is what everyone wants to do," he added.
"I'm really looking forward to hopefully surfing well and taking a few big names down.
With competitors travelling 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 all their own way.
Joining Bowen and Wilson in the main draw is Luciani Heremoana 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).
The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships and will be webcast LIVE via www.billabongpro.com as action is due to commence tomorrow.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships is proudly supported by Sony, Sony Ericsson, Sony Playstation, Virgin Blue, NSW Sport and Recreation, Warringah Council, Waves, Von Zipper, Kustom, Nixon and ASP International.