Julian Wilson bows out of title race in Hawaii
JULIAN Wilson proved why he is considered one of the Sunshine Coast's favourite sons, despite bowing out of the Pipe Masters in Hawaii yesterday.
It was a tough day for all-concerned at Oahu, with tragedy striking the surfing community yet again, following the sudden passing of tour leader Mick Fanning's brother, Peter.
It's thought Fanning only found out about the passing of Peter, aged 43, moments before entering the water for his round three heat.
In true Julian Wilson style, the 27-year-old took to social media yesterday afternoon to support his friend.
Despite Fanning's round three win putting an end to Wilson's title hopes, the Coolum local threw his full support behind the three-time world champion.
"Good luck @mfanno (Fanning) we all love ya mate #gomick," he said.
Wilson's Pipe Masters quest came to an agonisingly close end in his round three heat with fellow Aussie Adam Melling.
Wilson set the early benchmark in heat 10, scoring a 9.23 backdoor ride to take the lead, before scoring a 5.93 at the back-end of the heat.
But it wasn't enough to secure his place in round four, with Melling landing a 7.83 and a 7.90 to clench the heat 15.73 to Wilson's 15.16.
"Losing is never fun, but surfing perfect waves at Pipe is," Wilson said on Instagram.
"It's been a damn good year and I want to thank my beautiful fiancee (Ashley Osborne) for making it the best yet."
Fanning went on to beat 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and Hawaii's John John Florence in round four.
Fanning later paid tribute to his late brother, before confirming he would continue at Pipe.
"Like all my big brothers, Peter will always be a hero to me," he said on Facebook yesterday afternoon.