Championship Tour surfer, Australian Olympic hopeful and and World No. 11 Julian Wilson just ran his signature Serious Fun event in Wilson's hometown of Coolum Beach, on Australia's Sunshine Coast.
This is an event which definitely lived up to its name, and which gives up-and-coming groms a taste of Championship Tour life while also helping to raise awareness for breast cancer research.
Wilson has a long history of raising awareness for breast cancer research, inspired by his mother's battle with the disease. This has included tireless advocacy, as well as campaigns such as hot pink boards, and hot pink Hurley boardshorts designed each year by Julian's mom Nola herself.
The event is in its third consecutive year and is built around a simple, admirable principal: It's all about the great vibes and good times.
"I just wanted to create an event that kind of replicated my childhood here in Coolum, and there's a lot of stuff that's involved here [like] skating, motorbikes, longboards, and also bringing the best kids from around Australia, and we've been able to have some international kids come as well and rip apart my hometown beach," says Julian.
The CT powerhouse is back where it all started, and sharing the stoke with some of the shredders who just might be a World Champion in waiting.
More than 150 groms turned up to surf, skate, play mini-golf and just have fun. Julian also handpicked a heat draw of kids for an Invitational surf comp that mirrored the CT format complete with lockers, customized jerseys and live scores.
The event was taken out by young ripper Jarvis Earle, congrats!