Julian Wilson
Julian Wilson

Wilson leads rookie race

COOLUM Beach's Julian Wilson is closing in on the rookie-of-the-year honour and a top-10 finish in the 2011 ASP World Tour title race but the sports newest star was forced to delay his charge overnight.

The 22-year-old was scheduled to compete in round one of the Quiksilver Pro on the south-west coast of France but conditions were not ideal and a lay day was called.

He was originally drawn to compete in heat 12, but a tweak to the schedule has pitched Wilson into heat eight, where he will collide with compatriot Bede Durbidge and Hawaiian Dusty Payne.

Wilson heads into stop eight of the 11-event world tour after claiming a career-best semi-final result at Trestles in California last month.

That result propelled him to eighth in the world rankings and 11th in the race for the 2011 world title, behind American 10-time world champion Kelly Slater.

Former Caloundra junior Joel Parkinson is scheduled to meet Brazilian Jadson Andre and Hawaiian John John Florence in heat two.

After her stunning start to the Oakley World Pro Junior Bali, Buderim surfer Dimity Stoyle should be geared to compete in round three of the coveted event today.

Stoyle won her opening round heat on Monday in convincing fashion, claiming the highest heat total of the day (18.06 out of a possible 20 points) amid 1.5m to 2m surf at Echo Beach, Canggu.


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