A Day At Trestles With Julian Wilson

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The Top 34 battled in smaller surf today but there was no shortage of drama and upsets in the final heats of Round Three and the early heats of Round Four. The guys such as Gabriel Medina, Kolohe Andino, Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater, who you most probably picked to win the thing, are no longer in it. 

Amongst all of this though was Julian Wilson who suffered from a shakey start to his Round Three heat against Filipe Toledo, playing catch up for the first half. With seven minutes remaining Julian found his feet and strung together two waves to defeat Filipe Toledo. 

Julian's post heat interview shows just where his head is at the moment. Read on...

 

The heat against Filipe Toledo...

I felt like that was going to be the hardest draw I could have had today with these conditions, but at the same time I want to be the best and I want to beat the best guys in any conditions. Felipe is really, really strong in those conditions and I knew it was going to take a lot. I tried really hard on the rights but I couldn't get enough of a score so I opted for the lefts and I felt like I got into a bit of rhythm and was able to build a couple of scores. Felipe put up a really good challenge. I was behind pretty much the whole heat until the last wave. My scores kept dropping behind his and I couldn't get a leg up. I got two opportunities at the end and I stuffed up the first one. I rushed it and it put me out of rhythm for the whole wave. I got a second go at it thankfully and I just capitalised on the first section and rode the wave out and got the score I was chasing. I just didn't give up. The conditions out there are really hard, it's really small and gutless so I'm really happy to scrape through that one and come away with the win.

 

That priority situation...

I don't want to take anything away from winning that heat. I'm glad to come away with the win and it feels good.

At that one point though, he had priority and a pretty good left came through and he held me off it. I thought they would've changed the disk. They kind of changed it three quarters of the way and it looked like it was going to be my priority. Then it went back to half/half. I signalled 'what's going on?' and they said they were reviewing it. Then, as a wave was coming through, they gave it to Felipe and he got an 8 on the right. To be honest, yeah, I was a little pissed off about that.

On holding his cool...

I just keep thinking big picture, my goals and what I want to get out of the event. I'm trying not to get too caught up in the moment and keep moving forward.

 

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