Julian Wilson will return to this year’s Vans US Open of Surfing alongside a mass of ASP Top 34 talent
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Friday, July 19, 2013) – The 2013 ASP Prime Vans US Open of Surfing is just days from commencement and with over 20 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) surfers scheduled to compete at Huntington Beach Pier, Australian Julian Wilson, 24, will be leading the international elite as defending event champion.
The Vans US Open of Surfing represents the fourth of eight ASP Prime events on the 2013 calendar, playing a pivotal role in deciding qualifiers for next year’s ASP Top 34.
Julian Wilson took out the 2012 US Open of Surfing in front of a capacity crowd to secure the ASP Prime event last year and the progressive Australian is returning to Surf City in an attempt to defend the crown against his elite peers.
“It was a career highlight to win last year in front of the biggest crowd I’ve surfed in front of and also in front of my sponsor,” Wilson said “I’m excited about defending the title and having another fun event surfing with the big crowds. Let’s hope for a fun little swell and we already know it’ll be hot sunny days.”
Wilson is fresh off of a major victory at the latest Prime event in South Africa and will be entering the Vans US Open of Surfing with heightened confidence from his recent success.
“I’m looking forward to putting on the singlet and getting amongst it,” Wilson said. “I’m really happy with the last event and I like going to California.”
Additional names in this year’s Vans US Open of Surfing draw include 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 41, ASP World Title threat Adriano de Souza (BRA), 26, ASP WCT No. 10 Josh Kerr (AUS), 28, Michel Bourez (PYF), 26, Miguel Pupo (BRA), 21, San Clemente’s Kolohe Andino (USA), 19, ASP WCT rookies Nat Young (USA), 22, Filipe Toledo (BRA), 18, Sebastian Zietz (HAW), 25, and progressive wizard Dane Reynolds (USA), 27, amongst others.
The Vans US Open of Surfing will run from July 20 through 28 and will be webcast LIVE via http://www.vansusopenofsurfing.com/live
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