A BIG START
This image of Julian Wilson was taken two months ago at the very beginning of the Hawaiian season.
Jules had only flown into the North Shore that morning and this was only the second surf of his Hawaiian campaign. Peter ‘Bosko’ Boskovic, the man responsible for this late evening photographic wizardry explains.
“The sun was quickly sinking behind Kaena Point, and as anyone who has visited the North Shore knows, the light and sunsets on the island are incredible. I kept a sharp eye on Julian because I had a feeling he was gonna go big."
“He got this wave at Backdoor and raced all the way through to Off The Wall. He was generating so much speed so I knew exactly what he was looking for. When he got the section he hit it perfectly … as he always does.”
It was a strong way for Julian to open his Hawaiian account, but now back in the present day, as we make our way through the infancy of 2017, Julian will be looking for an equally impressive start when the 2017 tour kicks off on the Gold Coast.
With the retirement of Taj and Kai Otton, the injury of Owen Wright, Mick Fanning’s self imposed walkabout, and Parko and Ace in their tour twilights, Julian along with Wilko become the figureheads of the Australian charge on tour.
Talent isn’t a worry for Julian, he is a Pipe Master, has won in Portugal, and who can forget his epic final with Owen Wright at Cloudbreak in 2015. He is a perennial title threat. He has always been touted as such, but so far hasn't found a way to the top of the ratings.
Let’s all hope Julian can find that extra gear in 2017 and bring a title home for Australia.