US Open of Surfing: Julian Wilson Claims Resounding Victory at Iconic Huntington Beach Pier
Surf City rocked and rolled this past weekend…Aussie style.
With its typically massive crowd of fans lining the shoreline in sunny Southern California, the US Open of Surfing saw Oakley’s Julian Wilson claim an emphatic victory to close out a week-long war in the water at Huntington Beach Pier.
Dispatching rival after rival with some of the highest scores throughout, the Australian ripper dazzled tens of thousands of spectators – eventually taking out Brazilian Miguel Pupo to claim his title in grand fashion.
“I’m over the moon,” Julian said, rocking his Oakley Signature Series Holbrook sun eyewear. “I got a really good start and my hat goes off to Miguel (Pupo) he’s deadly. I knew he was going to be hunting those lefts the whole heat and I just tried to apply a bit of pressure on him. He got that 8.93 and was right back in the heat with plenty of time left. There weren’t that many opportunities out there but it came down to the last minute and I had to just pray there wasn’t one behind it.”
The Aussie charged from the very first second of the Final, capping it all off with an impressive finish for his third career ASP victory.
“I felt like I was just building house the whole event,” he continued. “I really had to fight for it every heat in the dying minutes and those heats always feel good. I wouldn’t say I peaked in the final but I got a good start and got two good waves.”
But his path to the triumph was as tough as ever. Julian had to plow through the likes of young guns John John Florence (Hawaii) and Gabriel Medina (Brazil) to position himself for a win.
Pupo had an equally difficult task in edging the likes of Kelly Slater in the Semis to earn the right to face Oakley’s Australian star. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, Julian was in top form.
With the weather glamorous as ever on the Southern California coast – and the hordes of visitors and locals swarming the region – Julian found glory on what’s known as the ‘arena’ of surfing.