Wilson's bad run continues
JULIAN Wilson's woes at Trestles continued yesterday when the Coolum Beach surfing star was again eliminated because of interference.
The 23-year-old was keen to claim a high placing at the ASP PRIME Nike Lowers Pro to get his 2012 campaign back on track after a disappointing display at a World Tour event at Bells Beach last month.
But last year's rookie of the year stumbled in his first heat, finishing third (14.45 points) behind fellow Sunshine Coast surfer Mitch Coleborn (16.10) and American Jeffrey Lukasik (14.76) after he was penalised points for causing interference.
He put on arguably the most impressive display of the opening day of competition in posting a single wave score of 9.70 for a front side air-reverse manoeuvre, but the interference mistake proved costly in the 1m waves.
"My last three events here, I've lost because of interference," Wilson said in an ASP International report, after the round-of-96 heats.
"It's frustrating because the waves are so good.
"I'm not 100% now, but that's no excuse. It's hard - it's my sponsor's event and you always want to do well for them."
Noosa's Dean Morrison was eliminated when he finished fourth in his heat, which included Hawaii's John John Florence.
Florence, 19, claimed some of the highest wave scores of the day during his impressive foray and accumulated a two-wave total of 16.53 points.
"I'm super stoked to get that first heat out of the way ... you kind of have nerves coming up before the whole event," Florence said on the ASP website.
"I'm stoked the waves were really fun ... it's really a skate park.
"You stand up and it looks like you can do whatever you want out there. I kind of just go with the flow and things worked out."