Coolum surfer Julian Wilson’s ASP World Tour season ended with a third round defeat at the Billabong Pipe Masters on Monday but back in his hometown, Wilson was being celebrated as a local family took possession of one of his most famous surfboards.
Wilson used the pink-tinted board to beat 11 times World Champion Kelly Slater and mum Nola’s bright pink design – coupled with the signage ‘Chicks Check Ya Tits’ was used to draw attention to the very important cause of Breast Cancer research, of which he and his family are huge supporters.
Nola’s pink and black designs on this particular surf board were also the inspiration for Julian’s famous Breast Cancer boardshorts.
The autographed ‘Julian Wilson’ collector’s item was raffled off by the Coolum Boardriders as a way of giving back for all the support the family have given them over the past few years, with all proceeds handed over to Nola Wilson in the form of a big pink cheque!
The money raised has been passed onto the Breast Cancer Foundation to help them continue their important research and for the winning family, the temptation to use the board in Coolum’s surf proved too much at the prize presentation.
With Julian and Nola busy in Hawaii last week, Julian’s dad Mick had the honour of presenting the special board to ecstatic siblings Isaac, Sam and Archie, with mum Kasey unsure which of the boys has been allocated the winning raffle ticket after she purchased several from The Shop Coolum.
“Mick, who is notoriously shy about these photo opportunities, seemed as excited about the win for this family as the boys were,” said Coolum Boardriders secretary, Erica Henderson.
“The kids wanted to take the board for a run and he thought that would be a great plan. He even offered to have Julian re-sign the board if the signature came off while they were playing on the collector’s item!”
Although the crowd that gathered to admire the board gasped at the very thought, Mick Wilson’s only comment to the over-excited boys was, “Well, I guess it’s all waxed up and ready to go; so why not!”
Julian and the Wilson family have been huge supporters of the Boardriders Club and Julian has continued to share his success with fellow local surfers.
At the recent Super Grom Surf off, he provided a scholarship to the most promising young surfer of the event, Kara Peterson to support her with training and competition fees over the next 12 months.
Wilson finished equal 13th in at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Oahu, Hawaii, on Monday (10 Dec) when he was defeated by Kieren Perrow.
The 24-year-old claimed a breakthrough ASP world tour event win in October, and is currently in eighth position in the world title rankings.