Julian Wilson is a hometown legend in Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast. From being a consistent world title threat on the WSL tour, to his breast cancer awareness programs & caring for the local community. SERIOUS FUN is an initiative that Julian has teamed up with Hurley on to bring Coolum an event unlike any other.
JULIAN WILSON'S SERIOUS FUN WEEKEND symbolises Julian’s childhood & pathway to being a professional athlete; growing up with FUN as the most important requirement. In addition to surfing; skateboarding, golf & moto riding represent Julian’s love of many sports.
For its second year, the Julian Wilson Serious Fun Weekend took place where it all started for Julian, Coolum Beach, Queensland. This time around was a little different, instead of running the event over 2 days, we sandwiched it altogether to run it all on Saturday the 9th of February. All of the activations and the Julian Wilson Invitational running at the same time. The activations saw 145 local groms from the Sunshine Coast come down and enjoy the day and the Invitational saw 16 hand-picked surfers by Julian from around the country and the world to battle it out in a World Championship tour like event.
6am on Saturday morning is where it all started. Tents were going up, surfer lockers getting drilled together and the event sponsors getting their stations ready to go. We had activations from all of Julian’s sponsors plus some local businesses there to stoke out the kids. On the list were 145 kids who had registered prior through their local surf shops or through Coolum Boardriders. The check in opened at 8am and the line only slowed down at around 10am. All the kids were there and ready to go, they were to wear their pink long sleeve event rashie all day and received a huge show bag filled with goodies from the events sponsors.
There were 16 stations set up in Tickle Park, Coolum for the kids;
- Red Bull DJ truck
- Oakley chill our area
- Hurley Printing Press
- Hurley/Posca Board art
- FCS – Fins and accessories
- JS Surfboards – Try one of Julian’s preferred board of choice when he is competing
- Thomas Longboards – Julian grew up riding•Catch Surfboards – Try Julian’s model of softboard
- Amazon Power Acai
- Hydroflask hydration tent
- Sun Bum sunscreen tent
- Captain Sip Sops Barbershop – free haircuts for all of the kids
- Ruby Blue Hari Salon – Braids, hairspray and glitter for all
- 9 hole mini putt-putt course
- Julian Boardshort clothesline – All of the Pink Nola Wilson designed boardshorts from over the years
- Coolum Boardriders tent
From the get go the groms were into everything, the board art line never stopped, kids were printing tees at the Hurley printing press, playing putt-putt, grabbing boards and fins, getting their hair done and keeping hydrated. At 11am there was an all in surf with Julian, about 100 groms grabbed their boards and headed out for a surf with the world number 2. When it came to pack up at 2pm all of the groms and parents were ready to find a little bit of shade under a tree and relax a little bit. Everyone was encouraged to go up on the hill and catch the end of the invitational.
THE COLOUR PINK
There were pink umbrellas set up all around the park, pink Hydroflask water bottles, pink flags, pink surfboards, pink boardshorts, pink spray paint and of course the pink event rashies. The importance of the colour pink to this event is to create awareness for breast cancer, which Julian has been passionate about since he was 18 years old. His mum, Nola Wilson is a breast cancer survivor and every year designs Julian’s pink Hurley boardshorts.
SERIOUS FUN INVITATIONAL
The Julian Wilson Invitational kicked off at 7.30am. The event featured 14 of some of the best 16yrs and under surfers in Australia plus 2 international wildcards, all hand picked by Julian himself. They competed in a World Championship Tour (WCT) like event, just like what Julian would compete in. They each had their own personalised surfer locker, rashies with their name and number on the back, an event Hydroflask, Julian FCS product as well as other product from the event sponsors. The aim was to give these lucky chosen kids the chance to experience what it’s like to be treated on the WCT.
The event was held straight out the front of Coolum and the waves were pumping all day. Big scores were being thrown around as the day went on and the surfing definitely impressed the crowd. As the day went on and number of the competitors left in the event got smaller, the crowd got bigger. Just before the final was the Oakley expression session, with three awards up for grabs, best Poo Man, most stylish manoeuvre and best air. The best poo man went to Joel Vaughan, with a switch foot wide stance head between the leg’s hair flick. Most stylish manoeuvre went to Sunny Whitby-Otto for a layback fins free forehand jam. They both won a pair of Oakley shades. Best air had $250 up for grabs, Marlon Harrison took an early lead with a solid air reverse but the international wildcard Bronson Meydi came back with a combo of 2 air reverses on the same wave, then just when we thought it was over, Marlon took to the sky with a huge tail high air reverse to take home the cash.
The 30 minute final saw Bondi’s Grayson Hinrichs and the other international wildcard from the USA, Jett Schilling. This final saw both surfers battle it out going wave for wave, big score after big score. Jett took an early lead with a 6.5 and an 8.17. But then Grayson dropped a 9 and moved into first place, but still wasn’t safe. With under 20 seconds on the clock Grayson took off on a right hander, belted it on his backhand, even threw a backhand reverse in there and took it all the way to the beach. While on the sand, Grayson was unsure if he had taken it out or not, and then the score for his last wave came through, an 8.83 and Jett needed a 9.67 on his last wave to move into the lead. Grayson was the 2019 Julian Wilson Serious Fun Invitational Champion.
The presentation was held out the back of the surfer’s lockers, with a packed crowd. The first 2 prizes were raffle prizes, boards from Catch and JS Surfboards, they were given away to a kid that had registered and was a part of the 145 from the activation part of the day, but they had to be at the presentation to claim their prize. Next was the expression session winners. Then Julian gave a Thomas Longboard to the MVP of the event, someone who ticks all of the boxes for what the event is all about, not taking it too serious and most importantly, having fun. This went to Oscar Berry. After that was the final raffle prize, a 50cc Motorbike from Pro Motorcycles. This went to a local kid who was absolutely speechless when he got the keys. Finally, was to award the finalists of the Invitational. In second place, Jett Schilling he walked away with $500, a catch surfboard and a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Then in first place, Grayson Hinrichs, he walked away with $1,000, a Catch surfboard, a JS surfboard, a pair of Oakley sunglasses and a replica of the board Julian first learnt how to surf on. This replica board was called Serious Fun and is the reason for the name of the event.