Quiksilver Pro Portugal
ASP Prime Men’s event
Ribeira d’ilhas, Ericeira, Portugal
14 – 19 June 2011
|Julian Wilson © Aquashot / aspeurope.com
Ribeira d’ilhas, Ericeira — Julian Wilson (Sunshine Coast, AUS) 22, has won the ASP PRIME Quiksilver Pro Portugal defeating Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17, in a much anticipated matchup between the two inform surfers of the event, 19.37 to 12.83. A near perfect performance from Wilson left no chance for his younger opponent to build a challenge in excellent 4-5ft (1.2m) wrapping right-handers at the main event site of Ribera D’Ilhas.
Wilson looked ominous heading into the final with his momentum and confidence growing with each heat appearance. Repeating his semi-final game plan, Wilson racked up two excellent scores in the opening minutes to place all the pressure on his opponent.
“I am so happy. To put in the hard yards for this one has been unreal. I have had a mediocre start to my year and I have been working so hard to make some heats. I came off four weeks in Brazil without a strong result and I went home to reassess and do a bit of training and got really motivated. I flew over here by myself with just the goal of winning and stayed focused so it worked out.”