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Julian Wilson wins ASP PRIME Quiksilver Pro Portugal

Julian Wilson © Aquashot /


Quiksilver Pro Portugal

ASP Prime Men's event
Ribeira D'ilhas Ericeira, Portugal
14 - 19 June 2011

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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 June, 2011 : - - Ribeira d'ilhas, Ericeira -- Julian Wilson (Sunshine Coast, AUS) 22, has won the ASP PRIME Quiksilver Pro Portugal defeating Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17, in a much anticipated matchup between the two inform surfers of the event, 19.37 to 12.83. A near perfect performance from Wilson left no chance for his younger opponent to build a challenge in excellent 4-5ft (1.2m) wrapping right-handers at the main event site of Ribera D'Ilhas.
Wilson looked ominous heading into the final with his momentum and confidence growing with each heat appearance. Repeating his semi-final game plan, Wilson racked up two excellent scores in the opening minutes to place all the pressure on his opponent. 
“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.”


Julian Wilson © Aquashot /   |  Slideshow

Wilson left his best surfing for the final with an impressive mix of fins-out snaps, floaters and power rail-turns to further his lead with a near perfect 9.8 out of 10, the highest single-wave score of the event. To finish off, Wilson hooked into another bomb set to continue his dominance to claim a 9.57 and take the Quiksilver Pro Portugal 2011 title.
“I felt good right from the start when in my first heat of the contest I had a 9 and an 8 and I felt comfortable out there. I never went too much out of my comfort zone and just surfed strong and made sure I was winning heats because I wanted to win this event. I was going to do whatever it took to do it.”
“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.”


Julian Wilson © Aquashot /   |  Slideshow

Gabriel Medina finished runner-up and added another great result to his already excellent season and continues on course to enter the elite ASP World Tour when the midyear cut takes place. Medina showed signs of repeating his recent PRIME victory in Brazil as he cruised through his quarter and semi-final with numerous excellent scores to take on the role as favourite. The backhand approach of Medina was sharp and fast on the long peeling right-handers with savage hooks in the most critical sections of the wave.
“I could not find a good one in the final but I am happy with this result. Julian got two 9’s in the final and he surfed really well so congratulations to him. Now I head to my next event in a couple of weeks in Ballito, South Africa and I hope I can do well there like I have done here.”
Miguel Pupo (BRA) 19, in semi nº2, was unable to hold back a rampaging Julian Wilson who got off to a lightening quick start to rack up two excellent scoring rides and put the young Brazilian on the ropes.  Despite answering back with a combination of backhand gouges to score 7.87 out of 10, Pupo was left needing a near perfect score to oust the Australian.


Julian Wilson © Aquashot /   |  Slideshow

“It is a good result but I wanted to make the final. Julian (Wilson) had a quick start and then I was trying to get a good wave but it was bad luck for me. I caught a pretty good one but I fell on the second turn. You never know when the good wave is going to come and Julian did his job well. It is time now to think about the mistakes and go for the next contest.”
Pupo has added to his best results of the year to take one step close to qualifying for the elite ASP World Tour. The added points will edge Pupo higher on the rankings to distance him from the 32-man cut-off mark and place him securely amongst the world’s best surfers.
“I was not feeling that good at the beginning of the comp and I was nervous because I needed a result here and now with a 3rd I am happy. My win in Trestles was a good result and a 3rd right now. A couple more results and I will be on the World Tour.”


Julian Wilson © Aquashot /   |  Slideshow

John John Florence (HAW) finished equal 3rd to receive 4225 ranking points, almost double his previous best result in the last twelve months, to catapult him up the rankings ladder where he was sitting in a low 79th spot before the Quiksilver Pro Portugal.
Florence faced Medina in a classic semi-final clash between the two flamboyant surfers of the event after incredible displays by both athletes in their respective quarterfinal bouts. Florence, in quarterfinal nº2, earned a near perfect 9.70 out of 10 with a massive hack followed by a fins-out forehand reverse demonstrating that he is fully recovered from a back injury suffered earlier this year.
“I was hoping just to make a heat,” explained Florence of his objectives at the Quiksilver Pro Portugal. “I haven’t made a heat in the last couple of contests so I am stoked to make it this far.  Definitely a lot more confidence after this contest and it would have been good to make the final but the semis is cool. It is a fun wave and stoked to be here in Portugal. Gabriel (Medina) is so amazing. He is such a good surfer and is a contest machine because he is in such good form and doing the same as he did last week in Brazil.”


Julian Wilson © Aquashot /   |  Slideshow

Dion Atkinson (AUS) who suffered a knee injury in his final heat yesterday, placed equal 5th being ousted by Miguel Pupo in a close heat despite the injury. Being his second best result of 8 which count for the ASP World rankings, Atkinson currently in 45th position will move closer to the 32-man cut-off mark.
“I am pleased with the result but I almost didn’t surf today because of my knee but I thought that I would give it a go. It is my back leg as well so I couldn’t get and drive in my turns. I am going home now for a couple of weeks and will get it checked out.”
The ASP PRIME Quiksilver Pro Portugal offered massive points and attracted a selection of the World’s finest competitors looking to qualify or maintain their position on the ASP World Tour. European surfers were also out to gain the added points on offer for the ASP European Men’s Series.


Julian Wilson © Aquashot /   |  Slideshow

Quiksilver Pro Portugal Final
Julian Wilson (AUS) 19.37 Def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.83
Quiksilver Pro Portugal Semi-final Results
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.00 Def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.67
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.04 Def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.37
Quiksilver Pro Portugal Quarterfinal Results
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.37 Def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.33
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) 18.03 Def. Pat Gudauskas (USA) 12.43
Heat 3: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.84 Def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.17
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.26 Def. Jay Quinn (NZL) 9.40

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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 June, 2011 : - - Ribeira d'ilhas, Ericeira -- Le surfeur australien Julian WILSON a remporté aujourd’hui le Quiksilver Pro Portugal, première compétition ASP PRIME de l’année en Europe dotée de 250 000 dollars, sur la plage archi comble de Ribeira d’Ihlas à Ericeira au Portugal.

En finale, le prodige australien de 22 ans a battu le grand espoir du surf brésilien Gabriel Medina au terme d’un duel de toute beauté disputé dans des vagues d’1,50m. La victoire de Wilson, éblouissant tout au long de la compétition, signe l’épilogue d’une semaine épique marquée par la prise de pouvoir de la jeune génération du circuit ASP.

Les rookies John John Florence, Gabriel Medina, Miguel Pupo et bien sûr le héros du jour Julian Wilson, ont assuré un spectacle hors du commun dans des vagues excellentes. En effet, un swell exceptionnellement long et consistant a accompagné ce prime portugais donnant aux surfeurs les meilleures conditions depuis le début de la saison 2011 sur le circuit Prime ASP.

Dernier Européen en lice, le Français Jérémy Florès a atteint les quarts de finale. Le vainqueur du dernier Pipe Masters s’est incliné face à Gabriel Medina mais engrange tout de même 3120 points confortant sa place dans le Top 6 du classement général ASP (qui mixe les résultats de l’ASP World Tour et du WQS).


Miguel Pupo © Aquashot /   |  Slideshow


Porté en triomphe sur la plage par ses proches, Julian Wilson a eu droit à une véritable ovation du public portugais réputé connaisseur. L’Australien a survolé la finale du Quiksilver Pro Portugal tout comme il avait dominé les séries précédentes mettant hors circuit le jeune Miguel Pupo désormais aux portes du circuit ASP World Tour après cette excellente 3ème place, le néo-zélandais Jay Quinn en quarts ou encore le Brésilien Caio Ibelli.

Le surfeur de Coolum Beach (Queensland, Australie) signe à Ericeira la 2ème victoire de sa carrière professionnelle et son premier PRIME, lui qui a rejoint cette année l’élite mondiale ASP. Grâce à ce succès retentissant, il empoche un chèque de 40 000 dollars et 6500 points qui lui assurent quasiment le maintien au sein de l’ASP World Tour dans la perspective du cut de la mi saison. « Je n’imaginais pas qu’on aurait d’aussi bonnes conditions ici en Europe à cette période de l’année mais on a eu des vagues incroyables. C’est la première fois que je viens au Portugal et je suis impressionné par le soutien du public. C’était extraordinaire. »

L’autre finaliste, Gabriel Medina a réalisé un parcours extraordinaire confirmant son immense talent. Tour à tour, le Brésilien de 17 ans a éliminé Jérémy Florès en quarts de finale, puis de l’Hawaiien John John Florence en demie avant de s’incliner face à Julian Wilson. Depuis mardi, Medina a fait la démonstration de la richesse de son répertoire de manœuvres… il a tout tenté et souvent réussi pour arriver jusqu’en finale. Lui aussi est en passe d’accéder à l’élite dès début septembre.

Meilleur européen de la compétition avec sa 5ème place, Jérémy Florès reconnaissait la difficulté de sa série face à Medina : « C’était la série que tout le monde aurait aimé éviter. Tout allait dans son sens, certaines de ses vagues ressemblaient à Jeffrey’s Bay. Bravo à Gabriel, c’est bien joué. » reconnaissait, beau joueur, Jérémy Florès.


Jeremy Flores © Aquashot /   |  Slideshow


D’ici la prochaine étape de l’ASP World Tour Jeffrey’s Bay (Afrique du Sud) mi juillet, Jérémy Florès va se rendre au Panama pour disputer les Championnats du Monde ISA (25 juin au 2 juillet) au sein de l’équipe de France de surf. Lui qui détient le titre individuel de Champion du Monde ISA acquis en 2009 au Costa Rica, rêve désormais de ramener à la France, le titre de Champion du Monde par équipes.

Finale :
Julian Wilson (AUS) 19.37 bat Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.83

Demi-finales :
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.00 Def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.67
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.04 Def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.37

Quarts de finale :
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.37 Def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.33
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) 18.03 Def. Pat Gudauskas (USA) 12.43
Heat 3: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.84 Def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.17
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.26 Def. Jay Quinn (NZL) 9.40


Gabriel Medina © Aquashot /  |  Slideshow




Julian Wilson vence Quiksilver Pro Portugal ASP Prime

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 June, 2011 : - - Ribeira d'ilhas, Ericeira -- O surfista australiano Julian Wilson (Sunshine Coast, AUS), 22 anos, é o grande vencedor do Quiksilver Pro Portugal ASP Prime, derrotando Gabriel Medina (BRA), 17 anos, com 19,37 contra 12,83 pontos, em 20 possíveis, na muito aguardada final da competição.

O desempenho exemplar de Wilson, nas ondas de 1,5 metros de Ribeira d’Ilhas, não deixou margem de manobra ao seu concorrente. “Estou tão feliz. Tive um início de época medíocre e tenho-me esforçado ao máximo em cada bateria. Vim para Portugal totalmente focado em vencer e resultou”.

Wilson impressionou o público presente com o seu surf e manobras inovadoras, que lhe arrecadaram um 9,8 em 10 pontos possíveis, numa única onda, a melhor pontuação de todo o evento. O atleta dominou a final quando conseguiu 9,57 pontos numa segunda onda, consagrando-se campeão do Quiksilver Pro Portugal 2011,

“Senti-me confiante durante toda a bateria. Tentei não sair da minha zona de conforto e concentrei-me no meu desempenho. Queria vencer esta competição e consegui. Durante a semana, as ondas estiveram excelentes, o tempo também ajudou, e o público foi extraordinário e apoiou-me bastante. Vê-se que existe uma cultura de surf e que as pessoas aqui presentes admiram este desporto.”

Final Quiksilver Pro Portugal
Julian Wilson (AUS) 19.37 venceu Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.83

Quiksilver Pro Portugal :: Resultados meia-final
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.00 venceu John John Florence (HAW) 13.67
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.04 venceu Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.37

Quiksilver Pro Portugal :: Resultados quartos-de-final
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.37 venceu Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.33
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) 18.03 venceu Pat Gudauskas (USA) 12.43
Heat 3: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.84 venceu Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.17
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.26 venceu Jay Quinn (NZL) 9.40

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# 4 : Marathon day of action at Quiksilver Pro Portugal
# 5 : Big surfing, big scores keep on at Quik Pro Portugal
# 6 : Quiksilver Pro Portugal down to the Quarterfinals

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