Julian Wilson claims the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti

August 14, 2017 | Surfing
Julian Wilson: negotiating the barrel at Teahupoo | Photo: Cestari/WSL

It was not flawless Teahupoo, but Julian Wilson found two late gems and sealed the win at the 2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti.

The Australian surfer defeated Gabriel Medina in six-to-seven foot waves at the End of the Road. Wilson secured his third Championship Tour (CT) victory of his career and the first in Tahiti.

Julian's two highest scoring waves only arrived in the last ten minutes. And you could say they were miracle waves. First, he broke the combination situation with a 9.23 wave and then, with three minutes on the clock, he finds an opportunity that propelled him to first place.

"It has been a few years. It is so special to win. I am ecstatic, and I have nothing left in me. I am just so happy and relieved to finally win an event again. It took so many good waves to win this event and I was lucky enough to get those. I cannot wait for the rest of the year," expressed Julian Wilson.

"With that 9, it was such a good wave and I was a little bit far in, but it was so nice that I wanted to make something special happen. I had plenty of time to get that 8.6. It really turned on for us in the final and we had some great opportunities, so I am just glad to get that special one."

With this result, the Australian surfer jumps to fifth place on the leaderboard and enters the world title race discussion, as the tour heads to the Hurley Pro at Trestles.

2017 Billabong Pro Tahiti | Final

1. Julian Wilson (AUS) 18.96
2. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.87