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.

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