Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Wilson Survives Mistake

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Wilson Survives Mistake

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Byline: STEELE TAYLOR steele.taylor@scnews.com.au

SURFING: Coolum BeachCOs Julian Wilson started his 2013 World Championship Tour campaign in promising fashion at the Gold Coast yesterday.

Wilson, the 2012 world No.9, won his round-one heat at the season-opening Quiksilver Pro.

C[pounds sterling]It was a good way to start my year Co to kind of get the butterflies out of the way and ride a couple of waves,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]ItCOs pretty tricky to pick the right waves. ICOve been surfing out there (Rainbow Bay) a lot and I think if I hadnCOt surfed out there so much, I probably would have had a harder time finding those ones on the inside.C[yen]

Wilson was docked a 3.75-point penalty for interference in the 1m surf but still managed to win with a combined two-wave total of 12.10 (out of 20), ahead of compatriot Adam Melling (11.63) and American Damien Hobgood (11.40).

The interference occurred right at the end of the heat when Wilson started a run after the buzzer. …

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