Stab Magazine | Julian Wilson Wants To Lift The Surf Standard Of The Australian Youth

Julian Wilson Wants To Lift The Surf Standard Of The Australian Youth

With his very own ‘Serious Fun’ event, kicking off this weekend.

news // Feb 7, 2018
Words by stab
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Julian Wilson’s had an interesting break. The father-to-be recently moved into an apartment in Newcastle with his wife Ash, dabbled in a petite-sized quiver and went head over turkey on a pushbike, blowing out his shoulder in the process. Now he’s back home in Coolum, licking his wounds and preparing for two full days hosting his very own grom clinic this weekend called Julian Wilson’s Serious Fun Weekend.

Hurley, known for always having an eye on the future, from emphasis on tech and performance, to their lengthy list of promising youth on their surf roster, are backing the event, which will include a broad range of activities, from skateboarding and surfing to putt-putt and a WCT-style competition on the Sunday.

“It’s going to be a reflection of my childhood growing up on the Sunshine Coast and getting into a lot of different things, skateboarding, long boarding, short boarding, boogie boarding, motorbikes all that stuff,” Julian told Stab yesterday. 

“I don’t get to see a lot of the juniors that are coming up so I’m excited about a whole bunch of the kids that I’ve invited. I want to see the kids have a good time and see where the level’s at.”

The grom invasion begins on Saturday in Coolum with a full range of entertainment for 6-14 year-olds.

Julian Wilson MillerR Hawaii17 10

Role model goals. Photo: Ryan Miller.

According to our formal brief the event,

Symbolises Julian’s childhood and pathway to being a professional athlete; growing up with FUN as the most important requirement whatever he was doing. In addition to surfing; skateboarding and motorbike riding represents his love of many sports.

There will be a number of stations set up in Tickle Park including an Oakley chill out area, Board art, Hurley Printing Press, Sun Bum Tent, Skate and Surf Sessions and Mini Putt-Putt Golf. In addition to those activities the crew from JS Surfboards, Thomas Longboards, Catch Surfboards and FCS will have all the latest Julian Wilson products to demo.

Day two will see the competitive flame lit. Jules has handpicked 12 of Australia’s brightest under 18s to go head to head in a CT style event.

“They’ll be competing in a CT format event, a one day contest, that’s like the same as going from round 4 onwards in a World Tour event,” said Jules.

MoranT Hawaii17 20

“I’m excited for the whole weekend, I’m excited to let the local kids see the talent from around Australia and see where the levels at – which I think will help.” Photo: Trevor Moran

“There’s three different backup spots. So depending on the conditions (which are actually looking fantastic) we can get really fun waves for the comp. The winner will come on a trip with me later in the year to be a part of whatever movie project I’m working on this year and also put a section together for an Oakley Battle Of The Clips entry. They’ll also score a 50cc dirt bike, a handshaped longboard from Thomas Surfboards and a custom JS surfboard.”

“The whole event’s based around one surfboard that me and my two brothers grew learning to surf on. We still have it, it’s a 6’6” pin tail round nose board. The model of the board’s actually called Serious Fun, so that’s where the name comes from for the weekend and the whole kind of idea behind the contest. JS is going to do a replica of that board as the trophy.”

Julian actually started out riding in longboarding events as a grom, singing praises for their easy-going culture and lack of competitive pressure. 

“I loved it. That’s where I found most of my life long friendships on the coast. It was a way to learn about competition without any hassling or aggression.”

“I hope this event creates a good opportunity to get behind the talent that’s coming through from Australia and give them a bit of a head start into the next chapter. When I was about 17 I realised I had a chance of making it and I think it’s a pretty crucial time in a development stage for the kids. The QS stage can be pretty daunting but hopefully I can give them a bit of confidence and support.”

And a quick checkup on his condition?

“There’s little signs of improvement. I haven’t had this injury before and I’m in really good hands with it, but there’s a bit of grey area around when I’m going to be able to surf again and what level it needs to be at. It’s a week by week kind of thing. Just rehab and wait for it to improve so I can push it again.”

Stay tuned for live social hits and a wrap from the event.




FEBRUARY 10TH – 11TH 2018




Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent


Can A GQ Cover Boy Take Out Teahupo’o?

Kauli Vaast is your incredibly handsome Tahiti trials winner.

Aug 11, 2022

Watch: Ramble On With Caity Simmers 

An action-rich tour behind the scenes of her triumphant first voyage to Oz.

Aug 11, 2022

PSA: Surf Filmers Not Welcome In Nicaragua

Cameras and drones are being seized on arrival, Stab spoke with two recent visitors.

Aug 11, 2022

Inside The Alternative Surfboard Marketing Machine 

Two of the biz's best — Matt Parker and Blake Peters — spill many beans.

Aug 10, 2022

The Tragic Parallels Between The Murder Of Ricardo Dos Santos & 8x World Jiu Jitsu Champion Leandro Lo

Two Brazilian sporting icons killed brazenly by off-duty police officers.

Aug 9, 2022

The Pick-Up, Vans US Open: In The Belly Of The Beast

Finger flips, shaping with Zion Wright, slurpees, Hawaiian takeovers, and the king of Surfline rewinds.

Aug 8, 2022

Albee Layer Discusses His Not-So-Budding Acting Career And The Upcoming Film “Sweet Adventure”

"Matt and Nora were tripping a little harder than I was just because they weren't…

Aug 8, 2022

Zeke Lau & Bettylou Sakura Johnson Win The Vans US Open Of Surfing 

Hawaii dominates HB.

Aug 8, 2022

How A Former CT Surfer Gets “Absolute Beginners” Barreled In A Matter Of Months

Luke Stedman elaborates on his Blackball surf programs.

Aug 7, 2022


Sweeter Than Stolen Honey 

A versatile Haydenshapes x Dylan Graves HP (and soft board) tested in weird waves.

Aug 7, 2022

15-Year-Old Ladybird Erin Brooks Makes Final In All-Men’s Tuberiding Event

And Clay Marzo takes the dub.

Aug 6, 2022

Are We Looking At Reef Sculpting The Wrong Way? 

The pros, cons, possibilities, and mechanisms of changing reefs to suit our surfing desires.

Aug 6, 2022

The Gudang Trio Discusses Brotherhood And How To Make It To The Mountain Top Together  

Positive sibling vibrations we should all aspire to.

Aug 6, 2022


Everyone’s Local Zone Has A Mythical Wave

Kai Lenny, Imaikalani DeVault, Eli Hanneman and friends get to surf theirs.

Aug 5, 2022

The Pick-Up, Vans US Open: Harry Bryant Vs. The Wedge

A lot of swell, stolen identities, surf masochists, mutilated noses, The Wedge, skull-crushing pylons, and…

Aug 5, 2022

When Gabby And Kolohe Pull Out, The Hog Pulls In

Tahiti wildcards named.

Aug 5, 2022

First Look: The 2022 Electric Acid Surfboards

Did our questionable EAST gamble pay off for Mick Fanning's Maldivian quiver ?

Aug 4, 2022

How Boardshorts Work

They are your one chance to look cool while actually surfing. Don’t blow it.

Aug 4, 2022