Pro surfing heartthrob from Australia’s Sunshine Coast; world-ranked #6 in 2013; ASP rookie of the year for 2011. Wilson was born (1988) and raised in Coolum, the son of surfing parents, and was pushed into his first wave at age three. The versatile regularfoot was the Australian Junior Longboard Champion at 14, before turning his attention full-time to high performance shortboard surfing, winning the ISA World Junior Championship two years later.
Wilson jumped onto the surf world’s main stage in 2007 after a fired-up performance in Quiksilver’s promo vid Young Guns III. With his cover-model good looks and smooth power-aerial blend of surfing, Wilson often stole the spotlight from Kelly Slater and surfing’s reigning hipster darling Dane Reynolds; Wilson’s part in the movie earned him the 2007 Breakthrough Male Performance trophy at the Surfer Magazine Poll Awards.
That same year Wilson regularly began pulling off a highly technical aerial maneuver he called the "sushi roll." While surfing backside, Wilson would launch, grab his board with both hands, lift his feet off the deck, and complete a 360-degree rotation before placing the board back under his feet and landing.
Wilson qualified for the 2011 ASP world tour, rocketed to a ninth-place finish for the season, and easily earned rookie of the year honors. He began the year by ditching longtime sponsor Quiksilver for a five-year, five-million-dollar contract with Nike 6.0, the sportswear empire’s boardsports label. "Nike came to him," Stab magazine wrote, "because he is Julian. Because he throws full-rotation aerials and girls faint at his feet. Pedigree. Athleticism. Proud, handsome, rich."
Wilson won his first world tour event, the 2012 Rip Curl Pro Portugal, in a controversial decision against Brazilian rookie Gabriel Medina; Wilson again finished the year ranked 9th, repeating his 2011 performance.
Wilson has been featured in a number of surf videos including Stranger Than Fiction (2008), and Days of the Strange (2009). His first bio video, Scratching the Surface, was released in 2010.