Julian Wilson Gets Wildcard For SriLankan Airlines Pro

Julian Wilson will head to the Srilankan Airlines Pro set to launch into moves like this! Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson

Julian Wilson will head to the Srilankan Airlines Pro set to launch into moves like this! Photo courtesy ASP/Robertson

Wednesday June 9, 2010: Coolangatta Australia: A fully fit and recovered  Julian Wilson (Australia) is ready to launch himself onto the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Star Rated World Tour at next week's SriLankan Airlines Pro which will run at the famous Arugam Bay point break on Sri Lanka's superb south east coast.

Wilson is one of the world's most  exciting, progressive fast emerging  new-age surfers capable of outstanding performances in all conditions.

A serious ankle injury and subsequent operation severely  disrupted his 2010 year-to-date but he has recovered and the super talented 22 year-old  Queensland surfer is looking forward to tackling the  ASP tour with the ultimate aim of qualifying onto the elite  ASP Dream Tour.

"Before this season began I set a high  goal to qualify but the injury certainly set me back a fair way and has taken close to four months to heal" said Wilson.

"Over the past month it has rapidly improved and I've edged my way back into competition with events in the USA and Brazil last month and right now coming into Sri Lanka I feel like I'm finally prepared and ready to go."

"There's a lot of the ASP qualifying season to go this year and I have not ruled out the possibility of chasing ASP World Tour  2011 qualification – it's everyone's ambition to make that tour and 2010 was meant to be  my first full season dedicated to chasing that tour and while I've had a set back, right now I'm back and set to surf my best so we'll see what happens."

As an ideal lead up Wilson just spent a week in Western Australia surfing with Taj Burrow and Mick Fanning.

The right hand sand bottom point waves at Arugam Bay may well have characteristics that are similar to the perfect points around Noosa which is close to where Wilson lives and  has honed his surfing.

"None of us know this wave at Arugam Bay but we've heard it's a great high performance set-up so it's exciting to be heading to a new location and I'm very grateful to accept a wild card into this event" added Wilson.

Remaining wildcards will be announced in the coming few days along with a forecast on likely conditions for this exciting new quality event which begins in just over one weeks time.

The line-up for this year's event is outstanding and  a few of the interesting high seeded surfers competing include Adriano de Souza (Bra), current world number four rated surfer  Jadson Andre (Bra), former ASP world champion Sunny Garcia (Hawaii), Japan's Masatoshi Ohno,  South Africa's Royden Bryson and David Weare,Spain's Hodei Collarzo and Kolohe Andino (USA).

The SriLankan Airlines Pro will be live webcast and will include a quality produced and globally distributed television show along with television newsfeeds distributed internationally throughout the event as well as  highest quality digital images focusing on the event, the environment, wildlife and of course the abundance of surf from the region.

The SriLankan Airlines Pro is made possible thanks to SriLankan Airlines; Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Lanka Sportreizen, Dialog, Billabong and ASP Australasia.