Julian keen to stay top of world rankings ahead of Bells
COOLUM surfer Julian Wilson believes he is in the perfect position to capitalise on his red hot start to the World Championship Tour ahead of next week's Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
Wilson heads to the WCT's next second stop as the form surfer in the world after finishing 2014 with a breakthrough Pipe Masters win and an appearance in this month's Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast final.
Speaking at his home beach in Coolum this morning, Wilson said he was in the perfect headspace following a testing 2014 campaign.
The 26-year-old slipped down the world rankings last year and risked losing his spot on the tour before ending the season by winning surfing's Triple Crown and the coveted Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii.
"I'm definitely working harder than I have before to make sure I don't get into that position and putting in a lot of hard work away from the events to set myself up and be ready for the events and it's obviously a scary place to be," he said.
"I don't want to entertain those thoughts ever again so this is a great start to the year and I can really focus on each event and competing at my best."
Wilson opened 2015 tour in sensational fashion, winning every heat at Snapper Rocks before falling to a near-perfect Filipe Toledo in the final.
"I was set up in probably the strongest position I have (been in) coming into the first event after winning Pipe," he said.
"So I had that extra confidence, but also knowing it is a hard event for me to get a start and my best result prior was quarterfinals and last year was a round three exit."
With last year's troubles fresh in his mind, Wilson is doing everything possible to make sure he stays near the top of the rankings.
"It's a very long year and that's just one event and I just kind of take each event as it comes and just keep working hard," he said.
"Keep setting myself up for each event to be as ready as possible and enjoy."
Wilson has chosen to stay close to his family on the Sunshine Coast while he prepares for the next world tour event.
"I love it up here," he said.
"It's my favourite place in the world and I think it's something I will always be proud of.
"I have a very strong connection to the Sunshine Coast.
"The Gold Coast is the closest world tour event to home for me but it's still very different and the wave quality is probably better down there on the Superbank but it's one of those things where I probably sacrifice a bit of quality for the lifestyle that's up here."