- 19 June 2011 | Surfing
Julian Wilson has conquered the 2011 Quiksilver Pro Portugal after defeating Gabriel Medina in a crazy and perfect surfing day at Ribeira d'Ilhas, Ericeira, with 4-5ft consistent wave conditions.
The Australian surfer opened the final heat will aggressive and powerful snap turns. Wilson's first two waves put the pressure in the shoulders of the Brazilian surfer, in the first five minutes of the ultimate heat.
Sitting in a combo situation in an early start, Medina battled against Julian's 15.66 points with a 5-point ride, still a short score. Wilson looked very much confident and almost never failed in the critical parts of the wave. The Aussie only wanted to win in European ground.
Medina tried an air reverse, above the lip, in a rare left-hander, but only got a 5.93 from the judging panel. Wilson answered with an incredible wave: 9.80 points. He was definitely fired up and reached a total score of 19.37 out of possible 20 with a final wave.
"I am so happy. To put in the hard yards for this one has been unreal. I have had a mediocre start to my year and I have been working so hard to make some heats. I came off four weeks in Brazil without a strong result and I went home to reassess and do a bit of training and got really motivated. I flew over here by myself with just the goal of winning and stayed focused so it worked out", says Wilson.
"The waves have been fun all week," continued Wilson. "I have been surprised at the waves we got because everyone was saying at this time of year it would be small. We have scored with waves, weather, the people are really supportive and you can tell they really love watching surfing. I think it’s cool when they get right behind us."
Ericeira, a world surfing reserve, presented a week of great waves and overpowered performances. The Ribeira d'Ilhas site proved its consistency and why it is considered one of the best surf spots in Europe.
John John Florence, Miguel Pupo and Medina showed what future surfing will be like. Fast, radical and creative, while keeping the flow and the rounded turns of the 90's.
The sunny waves of Portugal were decisive for the future of many world surfers. The middle season cut has been strongly decided at the 2011 Quiksilver Pro Portugal. The next ASP Prime event will be the Nike US Open of Surfing, at Huntington Beach, California, between August 1st-7th.
2011 Quiksilver Pro Portugal Final:
Julian Wilson (AUS) 19.37, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.83
2011 Quiksilver Pro Portugal Semi-Final:
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.00, John John Florence (HAW) 13.67
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.04, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.37