Australia’s Julian Wilson has announced his return from an ankle injury sustained in February by winning the ASP 6-Star SriLankan Airlines Pro in Arugam Bay today.
Wilson scored a wildcard for the event and started off with a bang, racking up 18.10 out of a possible 20 points in his opening heat. "It feels great to be surfing well again,” he said. “It's been a long, drawn-out recovery, but in just the past three weeks I've really started to feel good about my surfing and I'm confident I can compete properly and score big."
He scored big indeed, posting the highest heat scores throughout the event, five days in a row. “I'm simply feeling more and more confident surfing this place,” he commented. “I now know the wave well and I really like it, it lines up superbly and I'm feeling great.”
Wilson controlled his Final match-up with Nat Young from start to finish, capitalizing early by taking wave priority when Young took off on a poor opening wave.
"The waves have been outstanding every day, and in many ways they are similar to the point waves around Noosa where I live - but probably way more consistent,” Wilson said after the event.
"I'm back and over my injuries and seriously looking hard at the qualifying series; this result is ideal for me and I'll head to California for the U.S. Open full of confidence."
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