Coming into the showdown at Pipe, with the most challenging road in our sport standing between him and even a shot at the World Title, you’d think Julian Wilson would be feeling the pressure. From a surfing mad nation, as its best shot at the crown. From family, friends and fans, willing J-Dub on to the win. From himself, as Julian’s ultimate career goal looms large, almost within reach.
What we saw however, and what Julian’s best mate and filmer Jimmy Lees has captured here, wasn’t quite the pressure cooker you’d imagine. It was just Australia’s best surfer, almost the world’s best, going about his daily routine. Taking care of his young family first and foremost, hanging with friends, surfing and training at every chance he’d get.
Among these were several historic performances on the North Shore, from some of the thickest Backdoor waves ridden during the biggest comp day run in years, to a huge victory against Kelly Slater at Pipeline to make the final.
We’re honoured to have been along for the ride as Julian closed out his best year yet on the WSL Dream Tour. 2019, here we come.
"Fun warm waves with no one around." That's how Kai summed up his last mission to Nicaragua, which is pretty close to the ideal surf trip in our books. Gallery and board details, below (he's 5'10" / 68kg):
In this episode of the FCS series Behind the Curtain, JS talks about the development and success of our HYFI epoxy construction. From the years of trial and error before its release to the public, to the constant and rapid change of surfboards in 2018, we're at the stage where Traktor Team riders are winning events on HYFIs, while our friends and long time customers are giving us more and more feedback of "best board ever" about HYFIs they surf every day at home.