Australian surfer Julian Wilson has been crowned the Mr Price Pro Ballito Champion, claiming the third event of the Prime surfing schedule for 2013.
Julian Wilson had not lost any of his heats throughout the competition and was consistently producing mid-to-high range scores to progress successfully through each of the rounds.
Wilson dominated heat seven of the round of 48 as he locked in a massive single wave score of a 9.87 out of 10.
He followed this up with another strong 8.67 to take out first position in his battle with Dion Atkinson, Nathan Hedge and Brazilian Messias Felix.
His powerful technique earned him a 9.07 in heat five of the round of 24 against David do Carmo and Jadson Andre, which was supported by a 7.00 ride to finish with a combined two-wave total of 16.07.
This also marked the third highest heat score of the competition this year as he finished heat seven with a combined two-wave score of 18.54 out of a possible 20.
Swell conditions became tough in the round of 16, but Wilson still managed to post a 6.83 and a 4.70 for a final total of 11.53 to scrape in front of Andre.
Wilson sourced the higher scoring waves as he faced Do Carmo in the quarter final, combining a 7.40 and a 7.00 ride as Do Carmo was unable to find critical waves to take the lead.
An all-Australian battle occurred in the semi-finals as Wilson came up against Mitch Crews.
Despite Crews showcasing an array of his powerful maneuvers throughout the heat, Wilson paired together two higher scores of an 8.50 and a 7.50 to advance through to the final against Jordy Smith.
“I’m really happy to get all the way to the semis and to surf against Julian,” Crews said after the semi-final.
A major final between Smith and Wilson began as Wilson was put into a combination situation early, needing to find critical waves to push back into the lead.
Though it was a tall order as Smith locked in an 8.83 and a 7.87, Wilson took the risk of launching into an aerial Alley Oop and was rewarded with a vital 10-point ride.
Famous for taking to the air, Wilson also successfully landed a gigantic slob air reverse to back up his 10-point ride, gaining an 8.93 to take out first position and win the final.
“I’m really happy to get the win,” Wilson said after the final.
Wilson is now in first position on the ASP Men’s World Ranking, with Smith in second place.
Remaining Round of 16 Results:
1. Mitch Crews 12.17 (AUS) 2. Krystian Kymerson 10.74 (BRA)
1. Mason Ho 14.67 (HAW) 2. Filipe Toledo 14.26 (BRA)
1. Stu Kennedy 12.70 (AUS) 2. Ramzi Boukhiam 12.16 (MAR)
1. Jordy Smith 16.36 (ZAF) 2. Aritz Aranburu 11.34 (EUK)
1. Julian Wilson 14.40 (AUS) 2. David do Carmo 9.44 (BRA)
1. Mitch Crews 13.84 (AUS) 2. Mason Ho 11.07 (HAW)
1. Jordy Smith 15.80 (ZAF) 2. Stu Kennedy 9.90 (AUS)
1. Julian Wilson 16.00 (AUS) 2. Mitch Crews 12.33 (AUS)
1. Julian Wilson 18.93 (AUS) 2. Jordy Smith 16.70 (ZAF)
Written by Madison Heinze