DOTING DAD’S SWELL BABY LOVE TRUMPS THE PAIN
CHAMPION surfer and doting dad Julian Wilson wanted to hold his gorgeous new baby girl so badly, the world title contender opted for a course of rehabilitation over the quick fix of surgery for a painful shoulder injury at the start of the WSL season.
Wilson will have wife Ashley and daughter Olivia by his side this month when he goes into the Pipe Masters in Hawaii as one of only three men with a shot at winning the 2018 world crown.
“I am at my best with them by my side,’’ Aussie surfer Wilson told The Saturday Telegraph ahead of his battle with Brazilians Gabriel Medina and Filipe Toledo for the 2018 men’s world crown of surfing.
It is remarkable Wilson is even in this position after a pre-season bike accident almost ended the 30-yearold Coolum lad’s bid for a maiden world crown before it began.
Wilson said he opted for a long rehab from a ruptured AC joint — and surfing much of the season in pain — to be a hands-on dad when his daughter was born in March.
“I had a 50-50 chance of being hands-on when she was born or zero chance if I had the operation. That was a big part of my decision,” said Wilson, who made headlines in 2015 for swimming to the aid of fellow Aussie Mick Fanning during their shark encounter. The Red Bull athlete’s decision saw an exhausted Wilson win the WSL season’s opening event on the Gold Coast despite driving hours each day from his Sunshine Coast home so he could be with his wife and bub, and also surfing the final with his arm hanging uselessly by his side.
Surfer and new dad Julian Wilson goes into Hawaii’s Pipeline Masters with a shot at taking out surfing's 2018 World Crown. Picture: Toby Zerna
Ashley, Olivia and Julian.