Florence wins world tour event, Wilson has work to do

9th April 2017 3:58 PM
HAS PROMISE: Julian Wilson during a prior event in France. HAS PROMISE: Julian Wilson during a prior event in France. Kelly Cestari

SURFING: He's been touted as a world title contender but Peregian Beach's Julian Wilson has some work to do following the opening two events of this year's Championship Tour.

The talented 28-year-old is 14th in the rankings following the completion of the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia on Sunday, when tour leader John John Florence of Hawaii beat American Kolohe Andino 19.03 to 13.60 in the decider.

"Surfing against Kolohe in the final was really cool," Florence told World Surf League media.

"He used to always beat me in the national events when we were kids, so it was nice to get one back on him."

Wilson finished ninth in WA after earlier claiming 13th place at the Quiksilver Pro.

He's been on the tour for more than six years, finishing a career-high sixth in season-ending rankings and winning two events, including the famed Pipe Masters.

But the world title eludes him.

Meanwhile, fellow Sunshine Coaster and women's world tour rookie Keely Andrew is eighth in the standings, behind leaders Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore.

Australian Fitzgibbons beat compatriot Tyler Wright 14.90 to 12.43 in the final in WA on Saturday.

"When I heard my name being called out as the champion, I really felt a sense of belonging and calm," she told WSL media.

"I love coming to Margaret River. I feel like it's a place that I am super comfortable and familiar with, so it's a special event win for me."