After a week-long battle Australia’s Julian Wilson has emerged victorious at the ASP Nike US Open of Surfing. The 23-year-old confirmed his place among the rising stars of surfing with the win at Huntington Beach.
The tens of thousands who came to the beach in California were treated to a masterclass out on the waves from the world’s best surfers. Eventually the ultra-competitive field came down to a final match-up between Julian Wilson and Brazil’s Miguel Pupo.
When the surfers returned from the ocean it was clear that Julian had done more than Miguel to impress the judges. Julian had been pushed hard all week and was relieved he had saved up one last big performance for the final.
“I’m over the moon! I got a really good start and my hat goes off to Miguel because he’s such a deadly surfer. I tried my best to apply some pressure on him but then he responded with that 8.93 and came right back into the contest. There weren’t many opportunities out there today so when I caught my last wave I prayed that there wasn’t another behind it.”
The win at Huntington Beach is Julian’s third ASP win of his career and the Aussie was happy to see all his effort on the waves pay off.
“I felt like I was out there building a house throughout this whole event. I really had to fight for it in every heat, it always came down to the dying minutes. I wouldn’t say I peaked in the final but I did get a good start and got two good waves.”
Julian’s performance in the final pushed Miguel into second place but the Brazilian was also happy with his week’s work, including a semi-final win over Kelly Slater.
“I’ve had a great week and I had such amazing heats with Filipe (Toledo) and Kelly (Slater). I’m learning in every heat and it’s been a while since I had a good result but I’ve never stopped working hard. It feels good to get this result and now the hard work continues with Tahiti coming next.”
The ASP Women’s Tour event at Huntington Beach was won by 17-year-old Lakey Peterson. The teenager got the better of Carissa Moore in the final.
Despite Carissa's second place finish the Hawaiian surfer was quick to congratulate Lakey on a worthy win.
“Lakey (Peterson) was surfing really well all event and it’s a deserved win. I haven’t had the best year in terms of results so to finish up in the final is a positive place for me to build on for next year. I’m really looking forward to the break and coming back next year fired up to do well.”
The event in California was the last stop for the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship and sees Stephanie Gilmore take back her title from Carissa.
NIKE US OPEN OF SURFING FINAL:
1 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.53
2 – Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.76
NIKE US OPEN OF SURFING SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 16.33 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 13.33
SF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.70 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.37
NIKE US OPEN OF SURFING QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.57 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 8.83
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.00 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.84
QF 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19.20 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.13
QF 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 8.84 def. John John Florence (HAW) 8.17
WOMEN’S NIKE US OPEN OF SURFING FINAL RESULT:
1 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 10.90
2 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 8.64
FINAL 2012 ASP WOMEN’S WCT RATINGS:
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 48,400 pts
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 43,400 pts
3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 40,700 pts
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