Julian Wilson Wins SriLankan Airlines Pro

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Julian Wilson : photo ASP Australasia/Robertson

Julian Wilson Wins the SriLankan Airlines Pro

June 24, 2010 -Arugam Bay Sri Lanka: Australia’s Julian Wilson has won the 6 star rated Association of Surfing Professionals SriLankan Airlines Pro in flawless 4 to 6 feet surf on an epic final day.

Wilson came into this event courtesy of a wild-card from the sponsor and throughout the event he dominated, continually posting the day’s highest scoring rides and took a deserved win over 19 year-old USA surfer Nat Young.

Wilson and Young were unquestionably the worthy finalists here as both verified their status as two of the most exciting emerging ASP surfers. Wilson controlled the final from start to finish and capitalized early by taking wave priority when Young took off on a poor opening wave.

By mid-final Wilson had a solid lead and Young faulted slightly going for some gigantic floating re entry moves that never quite came off while Wilson continued to build on his lead scoring a 7.4 ride late in the final which left Young chasing an outstanding 9 point ride to bridge the gap.

While everyone knew Young was capable of such a score with only five minutes remaining finding the wave that could deliver the score became Young’s task, which he could not complete.

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Julian Wilson : photo ASP Australasia/Robertson

“I can’t believe what an outstanding event this has been for me and all the surfers who have travelled here,” said 22 year-old Wilson after his win. “The waves have been outstanding everyday and in many ways they are similar to the point waves around Noosa where I live – but probably way more consistent.”

“I’m back and over my injuries and seriously looking hard at the qualifying series – this result is ideal for me and I’ll head to California for the US Open full of confidence.” It was both Wilson and Young’s best ever performance at ASP level and both look ready to seriously challenge the highest ranks of surfing.

“I’ve had an amazing week here and I’m really grateful to have made the final,” said Young. “I knew the only way to beat Julian would be to score two excellent waves in that final – he’s been the stand-out all week – I went for the win but came unstuck on a few critical moves but I’m really pleased with this result.”

Both semi finals were incredibly close affairs today with Wilson defeating Drew Courtney by catching an 8.5 ride in the last minutes while Nat Young posted an outstanding 9.33 near the end of his semi final to edge out Australia’s Jayke Sharpe.

Arugam Bay saved it’s best to the last day here and delivered amazing conditions with clean long lined waves reeling across this ideal point break set-up and delivered both chargeable sections and barrels and the surfers simply reveled in the perfection.

The event was outstanding overall and all in attendance agreed another magnificent venue had been added to the ASP surfing tour and all look forward to next year.

Finals
1. Julian Wilson (AUS/Qld/Coolum) 14.33
2. Nat Young (USA/Cal/Santa Cruz) 8.83

Semis
1. Nat Young 16.20 D Jayke Sharpe 14.27 (AUS)
2. Julian Wilson 15.10 D Drew Courtney 14.30 (AUS)

Quarters
1. Nat Young D Hodei Collazo (SPAIN)
2. Austin Ware Jayke Sharpe D Austin Ware (USA)
3. Julian Wilson D Rhys Bombacci (AUS)
4. Drew Courtney D Davey Cathels (AUS)

One World Rankings after the 6 Star Sri Lankan Airlines Pro:

1 Burrow,Taj AUS
2 Smith, Jordy ZAF
3 Slater, Kelly USA
4 Andre, Jadson BRA
5 Hobgood, C.J. USA
6 De Souza, Adriano BRA
7 Fanning, Mick AUS
8 Durbidge, Bede AUS
9 Reynolds, Dane USA
10 Davidson, Chris AUS
11 Martinez, Bobby USA
12 Buchan, Adrian AUS
13 Parkinson, Joel AUS
14 Wright, Owen AUS
15 Alves, Heitor BRA
16 Monteiro, Raoni BRA
17 Patacchia, Fredrick (jnr) HAW
18 Ross, Daniel AUS
19 Knox, Taylor USA
20 Hobgood, Damien USA
21 Dantas, Wiggolly BRA
22 Bourez, Michel PYF
23 Muniz, Alejo BRA
24 Powers, Roy HAW
25 Kling, Gabe USA
26 Irons, Andy HAW
27 Kerr, Josh AUS
28 Pires, Tiago PRT
29 Cardoso, William BRA
30 Flores, Jeremy FRA
31 Otton, Kai AUS
32 Padaratz, Neco BRA
33 Aranburu, Aritz EUK
34 Simpson, Brett USA
35 Courtney, Drew AUS
36 Logie, Travis ZAF
37 Zietz, Sebastien HAW
38 Duru, Joan FRA
39 Munro, Luke AUS
40 Bryson, Royden ZAF
41 Whitaker, Tom AUS
42 Atkinson, Dion AUS
43 Lopez, Cory USA
44 Payne, Dusty HAW
45 Wilkinson, Matt AUS
46 Kennedy, Stuart AUS
47 Gudauskas, Patrick USA
48 Florence, John John HAW
49 Bacalso, Kekoa HAW
50 Dornelles, Rodrigo BRA
51 Stedman, Luke AUS
52 Dunn, Ben AUS
53 Perrow, Kieren AUS
54 Polo, Marco BRA
55 Ware, Austin USA
56 Muscroft, Nic AUS
57 Thornton, Blake AUS
58 Bettero, Hizunome BRA
59 Nicol, Yadin AUS
60 Neve, Dayyan AUS
61 Curran, Nathaniel USA
62 Gudauskas, Tanner USA
63 Giorgi, Marco URY
64 Neves, Leonardo BRA
65 Collazo, Hodei EUK
66 Hall, Glenn IRL
67 Palmboom, Rudy ZAF
68 Hedge, Nathan AUS
69 Young, Nat USA
70 Taylor, Lincoln AUS
71 Garcia, Sunny HAW
72 Cansdell, Shaun AUS
73 Medina, Gabriel BRA
74 Sodre, Yuri BRA
75 Morrison, Dean AUS
76 Cloitre, Romain FRA
77 Sharp, Jayke AUS
78 Fernandes, Gustavo BRA
79 Wilson, Julian AUS
80 Yeomans, Nate USA
81 Robertson, Adam AUS
82 Henrique, Pedro BRA
83 Riou, Alain PYF
84 Vargas, Jeronimo BRA
85 Picon, Michael FRA
86 Ward, Chris USA
87 Bastos, Leandro BRA
88 Jackson, Brandon ZAF
89 Larsen, Granger HAW
90 Toth, Brian PRI
91 Paulino, Pablo BRA
92 Gonzalez, Jonathan CNY
93 Felix, Messias BRA
94 Graves, Dylan PRI
95 Farney, Marcio BRA
96 Campbell, Mick AUS
97 Thompson, Jay AUS
98 Pupo, Miguel BRA
99 Miranda, Bernardo BRA
100 Batista, Halley BRA
100 Rosa, Diego BRA