Wilson impresses amid intimidating barrels of Portugal
SURFING: Sunshine Coast's Julian Wilson admits his round three outing at Portugal was a somewhat daunting experience.
The world No.3 beat Brazilian Ian Gouveia 13.90 to 7.17 on Thursday night, in his bid to keep the world title race alive at the 10th of 11 events.
He claimed the session's best ride, via a long, deep barrel in which he scored 8.67. But he said he was on edge.
"Conditions have been amazing with so many beautiful waves coming through.”
"The tide's getting low, and it's getting pretty scary out there but this is what we come here to surf,” he told World Surf League.
"I've had many barrels like that one here and if you don't come out clean it just takes your head off.
"On that one I just kind of widened my stance and had five pumps in the barrel chasing that thing down and I was so relieved to come out.”
Wilson then competed in round four on Friday night, finishing second in a tight three-man All-Australian heat behind Owen Wright but ahead of Adrian Buchan, to edge into the quarter finals.
The latter rounds are expected to be contested on Saturday night.
Wilson hopes to keep the pressure on ratings leader Gabriel Medina.
Second-ranked Filipe Toledo was eliminated from the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal in round three by Joan Duru.