Wilson ups ante in world title quest
COOLUM'S Julian Wilson says "the gloves are off" as he makes a charge at the world title and the latter rounds of the Quiksilver Pro France.
The world No.5 has been in sensational form at the French event and says that resolve will only increase as he stares down the barrel of the backend of season 2015.
"The world title for me is what I am working extremely hard for and the gloves are off," he said.
"I have my back against the wall for sure and I have still got a chance, so ultimately I would like to still have a shot when we come into Pipe."
After struggling at the past two world tour events, Wilson has found his mojo - as evidenced in his superb surfing in round one.
He recorded a two-wave total of 18.80 out of a possible 20 to progress straight to round three and a victory over Brett Simpson.
"I have had three seconds this year and now I have got three opportunities left in the year to go one better," Wilson said.
"I want to give my best efforts the last three events of the year, not that I wasn't trying my hardest in the last two, but I just came up short in those round-three heats."
Wilson put on a clinic in his round-three heat, jumping out of the blocks with a solid 7.0 on the back of a powerful carve before launching into a 360-degree aerial.
He eventually won the heat 11.17 to 10.34, although the scoreline probably flattered Simpson, who looked out of his depth against the Sunshine Coast ace.
"I just really wanted to get through that round three heat," Wilson said.
"I am happy to progress here in this round and really kind of get in amongst the rest of the event and the events coming.
"We were on dead low tide in the heat so I think the conditions will get better now.
"It is still fun and contestable, and I think our heat will probably be the toughest heat and the conditions will get better as the heats go on."
Wilson was scheduled to contest round four overnight and Buderim's Dimity Stoyle was set to contest her round three heat of the Roxy Pro.