Julian Wilson Lands The Cover Of TransWorld SURF
Behind The Cover
Surfer: Julian Wilson
Photographer: Jason Kenworthy
How do you follow up one of the gnarliest covers ever seen on a surf magazine? That’s what the TransWorld SURF staff asked ourselves when it came time to pick the front page of this issue. We knew there was no way to one-up the Nathan Fletcher cover on a gnar-scale, so we decided early on that we needed an air or a turn. In the closing days of this issue, we put out an APB for a cover that would produce a similar “holy shit” reaction to the Nathan cover, but do it for different reasons.
When this shot of Julian Wilson came in, we passed by it fairly quickly, “That’s a bail,” was the first reaction—but just after nearly tossing this image in the bail bin, photographer Jason Kenworthy sent a text message: “That last air shot I sent has a sequence, it’s a make.” Problem solved, we had our cover.
Picking covers is always tough. The factors are endless, but simply put, you need the cover to be the right surfer, at the right time, doing the right move. Pretty safe to say all these parameters are spoken to in this cover image. Julian Wilson is on an absolute tear on the World Tour right now and has a shot at 2011 Rookie Of The Year—right surfer, right time, right move. The air Julian is doing is exactly what we wanted. This massive air is a thing of beauty. While we can appreciate the difficulty and popularity of the full rotation 360 air, there’s something really sick about a perfectly executed frontside straight—a subtle maneuver that is arguably more difficult to make look good than its spinning brethren.—Chris Coté
Also in this issue…
68 CJ Hobgood Pro Spotlight: “Do I need to fail to reinvent myself?”
How did one of the world’s best surfers fall off the World Tour? Why is the front half of one of the world’s best surfer’s surfboard naked and missing a logo of a high-paying main sponsor? Why is CJ still smiling? What’s the point of it all? These questions and more will be answered on page 68.
78 Bitch’s Brew
Hurricane Season comes and blows.
The dirt on who hates whom and what new rivalries will erupt into full-blown surf warfare.
The world’s best surf photography
16 Editor’s Note—Getting stoked on the seasons.
26 Letters—Never Eat Surf Wax?
36 True Stories—Sleep rape.
41 Currents—Is Dane done?
48 Mess And Noise—JOB is so hot right now.
52 Ask The Expert—Can I make my own reef?
56 How To—Wafts with Wilko.
58 Surf Science—Explaining the underwater canyon effect.
60 Quivers—Kolohe’s killer quiver.
62 Go There—Taiwan is calling.
118 ESA—The Easterns.
120 Check Out—Holy Toledo!
124 Departure—Sand hater.
128 Last Words—Pat G’s frothing remembrances.