Wilson pipped by Brazil's whizkid
COOLUM Beach's rising star Julian Wilson claimed a career-best result on the ASP World Tour last night when he finished runner-up in the Quiksilver Pro in France.
The 22-year-old, who is competing in just his first season on the elite tour, was pipped by Brazilian teen Gabriel Medina 17.00 points to 16.10 points in the final, among 1-2m waves.
"Everything feels good. It's been a fun year so far. I'm really happy to make the final and to make a final of it and to put on an entertaining show," he said after the event.
"I'm really happy to be standing on the podium, even though it's for second, I'm still happy."
It's easy to see why the Sunshine Coast young gun is regarded by many as the next big thing on the world surfing scene.
He has surged into the top-10 of the world rankings and is closing in on a top-10 finish in the race for this year's world title.
Wilson, who signed a lucrative contract with Nike prior to the season, is in line for rookie-of-the-year honours after recording some highly promising results at exotic locations including Trestles, New York and Jeffrey's Bay.
And Wilson was at it again this week, with some stirring displays on the south-west coast in France.
After accounting for compatriot Taj Burrow in the quarter finals (11.70 points to 6.84 points), Wilson clashed with world number three Jordy Smith in a semi-final showdown .
The Aussie was all-class as he defeated Smith (18.50 points to 15.80 points) to put himself in the final.
But his two highest scoring waves of 8.50 points and 7.60 points were surpassed by fellow rookie Medina, who scored 9.17 points and 7.83 points.
The Brazilian earned his place in the decider after eliminating 10-time world champion and 2011 title race leader Kelly Slater in the quarter finals before scoring a perfect 10 in the semi-final on the way to a winning two-wave total of 19.57 against American Taylor Knox.