Julian Wilson: an Australian winner in Huntington Beach

Julian Wilson has claimed the 2012 US Open of Surfing over Miguel Pupo, at Huntington Beach.

The Australian and Brazilian put on an incredible show throughout the Final in front of the tens of thousands in attendance and the massive online audience.

"I’m over the moon," Wilson said. "I got a really good start and my hat goes off to Miguel, he’s deadly. I knew he was going to be hunting those lefts the whole heat and I just tried to apply a bit of pressure on him".

"He got that 8.93 and was right back in the heat with plenty of time left. There weren’t that many opportunities out there but it came down to the last minute and I had to just pray there wasn’t one behind it."

A quick start against Pupo in the Final, as well as an impressive finish, ensured the young Australian would end the day atop the podium (collecting the third ASP win of his young career).

"I felt like I was just building house the whole event," Wilson said. "I really had to fight for it every heat in the dying minutes and those heats always feel good. I wouldn’t say I peaked in the final but I got a good start and got two good waves."

Pupo consistently strung together some of the highest scores throughout the entirety of the Nike Lowers Pro including a standout victory over Kelly Slater (USA), 40, in their Semifinals bout, but was unable to overtake Wilson in the Final and finished runner-up.

"I’ve had a great week and I had such amazing heats with Filipe (Toledo) and Kelly (Slater) and I’m learning every heat," Pupo said.

"I beat Kelly, but I knew Julian (Wilson) was going to be a tough one. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a good result and I’ve been working hard. It feels good to see the result come and I’ll be working hard for Tahiti."

2012 US Open of Surfing Final
1 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.53
2 – Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.76