By Alex Frost
A newborn baby and recent wedding have given world No.3 surfer Julian Wilson a new motivation to clinch his maiden world title in 2018.
But a round three exit at the Corona Bali Protected on Thursday allowed Brazilians Filipe Toledo and Italo Ferreira to move ahead of the former No.1, who had worn the yellow leader’s jersey all year.
Julian has an excellent track record for the remaining seven events and his mum Nola Wilson said her son was not worried about any upcoming events.
“He’s done well at all the events on the World Surf League,” she said.
“He has no weaknesses.”
Julian said on Twitter he was disappointed with his 13th place at the Corona Bali Protected, but was looking forward to the next event expected to be starting in Uluwatu this week.
“Not the result I was looking for but nonetheless it’s good to be back here,” he said.
Mrs Wilson said many things would be “out of his hands” over the remainder of the season, such as controlling the waves.
Mrs Wilson said Julian started in a completely different mental place at the beginning of the year after having his first baby before the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.
While Wilson’s parents stayed on the Gold Coast throughout the competition, Julian drove two and a half hours to Coolum Beach to be with his wife Ashley and newborn Olivia – and won the event.
Coming home to the Sunshine Coast is Wilson’s most preferred place to wind down from the rigorous demands of the World Surf League, alongside his family and friends.
“He’s always loved home and he’s travelled since he was nine,” Mrs Wilson said.
“His delight is to come home and recharge.”
With one win to Wilson’s name already at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, it will be crucial for him to add another strong result at Uluwatu in a bid to equal Ferreira’s strong form.
Shark attacks during the Margaret River Pro forced organisers to suspend the event indefinitely before Round 3.
The unfinished heats will be completed at Uluwatu in Bali and be finished by June 13.
After a nasty shoulder injury during a mountain bike ride earlier in the year, Mrs Wilson said her son’s body was now holding up fine.
“He’s never had rigorous training and the training he does is specific for what he does as a professional surfer,” she said.
“It’s usually when he’s not surfing when he hurts himself.”