Julian Wilson has been one of the most highly regarded talents on the Championship Tour ever since his 2011 arrival. The Australian heartthrob gained fame years before joining the elite competitive ranks. He was a high-flying star in Quiksilver’s acclaimed video, Young Guns III. The release highlighted his electric blend of aerial moves and razor sharp moves, earning him global recognition and a number of industry accolades, including Surfer magazine’s Breakthrough Performer award. During his freshman season on Tour he nabbed a third at Trestles and made the Finals in France, and his No. 9 rank easily earned him the Rookie of the Year honor. After that, a future World Title seemed inevitable for the confident kid from the Sunshine Coast, but for reasons pundits are still finding hard to pin down, Wilson has languished in the back half of the Top 10 for the bulk of his career. Nevertheless, he has three Championship Tour victories to his name, including a Pipe Masters victory over Gabriel Medina in 2014 (when he also won the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing) and a big comeback win over Gabriel Medina at Teahupo’o in 2017. With that win, Wilson finally clawed his way into a World Title race last season. Granted, he was facing long odds coming into the final event of the season, but he finished No. 3 on the Jeep Leaderboard, which is his best result ever, and Wilson seems more determined than ever now to chase down the World Title that’s eluded him.