SriLankan Airlines Pro
Association of Surfing Professionals Men's Six Star Rated
Prize Pool $145 000
Arugam Bay Sri Lanka
June 18 to June 24 2010
Julian Wilson (AUS/QLD/Sunshine Coast) was in scintillating form posting a massive round one heat win in Sri Lanka. Wilson scored the events highest single wave score of a 9.5 along with the highest heat tally of 18.10 in his huge win over Kiron Jabour from Hawaii. Wilson is returning to competition following a serious ankle injury and today's performance indicates he's well and truly back and ready to perform at ASP level! Wilson received a wild card placement into this six-star rated ASP event from the sponsors Sri Lanka Airlines. Photo: ASP Australasia/Robertson
Wild Card Julian Wilson Scores Massive At Arugam Bay's Srilankan Airlines Pro
Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay: Julian Wilson signalled a sensational return to form winning his opening round heat of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) six-star rated SriLankan Airlines at Arugam Bay today.
Wilson notched up the events highest heat score so far along with the highest single wave with an outstanding 9.5 out of a possible 10 in his two wave combined tally of 18.10 (out of a possible 20) in his comprehensive win over young Hawaiian Kiron Jabour.
The 22-year-old former world under 18 and under 16 champion is returning from a serious ankle injury and subsequent operation performed back in February and his form today left no one in doubt that he's back and ready to perform on surfing's big stage.
"It feels great to be surfing well again, it's been a long drawn out recovery but just the past three weeks I've really started to feel good about my surfing and I'm confident I can compete properly and score big" said Wilson.
"This is an ideal wave for me as it reels off over this long point and I've been able to fully test myself and that heat really summed up how I feel about this place – it's great – awesome people, super fun performance wave and hopefully my next heat I get the waves again and enjoy the event."
"The event awarded me a wild card and I'm honoured to be invited to such a great place and surf here – it's already been an eye-opening experience in a beautiful country" added Wilson.
Hawaiian surfers enjoyed a good day today with T.J Barron, John John Florence, Kiron Jabour and Mason Ho all successfully advancing to round two and the events number one seed Drew Courtney (Australia) made a come-from-behind charge in his heat to win through to round two.
Strong afternoon winds again saw the event placed on-hold around mid day with organizers keen to run the opening four round two heats on dusk when winds generally abate and blow offshore.
Organizers expect to run early tomorrow in clean conditions and then are looking to an excellent forecast new swell of serious size filling in Wednesday and Thursday for the finals.
Being such a consistent wave, particularly with morning offshore winds, the emphasis will be on quality waves all the way through to Thursdays swell peak and final.
The event is LIVE webcast and includes Vision, Audio, Results, Live Scores –
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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, Arugam Bay Beach Wear, John Keells, Dilmah, Wild Elephant, Billabong and ASP Australasia