Julian Wilson

I was always going to be a surfer

Surfer Julian Wilson wipes out while freesurfing during the Quiksilver Pro France
© Ryan Miller

Hi, my name is Julian Wilson. My discipline is surfing . My friends call me Jules. I was born on 8 December 1988 in Queensland, Australia. My philosophy of life is keep it fun and do the right thing.


Julian Wilson grew up in a family of surfers on the Sunshine Coast and, ever since he can remember, he's ridden waves, so it should come as no shock that he quickly scooped national titles in both longboarding and shortboarding.

It was the latter that he was more attracted to, honing it to a point where victories at Pro Juniors were frequent and a 2006 ISA World Junior title was an easy step. In 2007 he invented his own move called the Sushi Roll, which (as hard as it sounds) is a mixture between a Backside Rodeo and a Superman.

Julian is the youngest-ever winner of the Surfer Poll award for Best Performance of the Year, which he clocked for his part in Quiksilver’s Young Guns III. 2010 saw Julian release his own signature film, Scratching the Surface, which was the result of a year's hiatus from competing.

Over the years, Jules has won everything from the Rip Curl Pro to the Mr Price Pro to the Vans Triple Crown Series, and is still ripping it out on the waves to this date.

In 2015, he garnered international renown after he heroically paddled out towards fellow competitor and close friend Mick Fanning while he was wrestling with a 12ft Great White at Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa. For his efforts, Julian won a Spirit of Sport award at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Awards 2015, as well as being recognised with Outstanding Bravery at the Pride of Australia Awards 2015.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 3rd Place: WSL J-Bay Open

      Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

  2. 2016
    1. 2nd Place: Margaret River

      Margaret River, Australia

  3. 2015
    1. 2nd Place: Jeffrey's Bay Pro

      Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa

    2. 2nd Place: Fiji Pro

      Namotu, Tavarua, Fiji

    3. 2nd Place: Vans World Cup of Surfing

      Oahu, USA

  4. 2014
    1. 1st Place: Billabong Pipeline Masters

      Oahu, Hawaii, USA

    2. 1st Place: Vans Triple Crown Series

      Oahu, Hawaii, USA

  5. 2013
    1. 1st Place: ASP WT - Mr Price Pro Ballito

      Ballito, South Africa