Though only 28, he\u2019s wowed surfing fans on the professional circuit for the best part of the last decade and has also been labelled a hero for his brave darting into the fray when fellow traveller Mick Fanning found himself in a scrap with a Great White at the J-Bay 2015. An ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation as well, Red Bull athlete Julian Wilson is one of the all round top blokes of Australian sport. We caught up with him at the Australian Open of Surfing in Manly for a chat about surfing, style and what it takes to win a pro competition.\r\n\r\n\r\nYou'll also like:\r\nSurf Girls, James Bond Sex Predator, Effects of Performance Enhancing Drugs & More\r\nChris Burkard: The Joy of Surfing in Ice-Cold Water\r\nA Tribute to History \u2013 Almond Surfboards Kookbox\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat exciting you most about the current season?\r\nGetting things up and running now - we\u2019re coming off the biggest break we have for the year, about 2 1\/2 months - so I was able to get some good time at home and relax a bit. The years kicking off for me a little early \u2018cos I\u2019m down here competing at Manly and yeah, there are waves and it\u2019s what I want to be doing. I love competing. I\u2019ll basically compete from now until Christmas, with a few breaks in between but it\u2019s about 14 events. It\u2019ll be a pretty steady kinda schedule from here until the end of the year.\r\n\r\nWhat do you think about when you\u2019re sitting out there waiting for waves in between sets?\r\nWhen I\u2019m competing I\u2019m thinking about where I\u2019m at on the heat, what needs to be done. It\u2019s all about being in the moment of the heat - it\u2019s a totally different feeling to when you\u2019re free surfing. It\u2019s just about what needs to be done, when\u2019s by best opportunity to get the right wave and what\u2019s the best way to approach the wave and beat the competitors. It\u2019s a very small bubble, I don\u2019t really let much in.\r\n\r\nAnd if you\u2019re not competing?\r\nHaha yeah I\u2019m out there having a surf thinking about anything and everything.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSurfing is famous as a sport where competitors are pretty famous for maintaining strong friendships out of the water, do you find this changes a competition?\r\nIt can affect the competition sometimes. There\u2019s only 36 of us competing on the world tour together and we travel around the world together - there\u2019s quite a few guys who know each other because we\u2019re from the same country and we have friendships from when we\u2019ve been competing against (each other) as juniors, but we\u2019re still very individual. Everybody travels on their own and stays on their own with their own support crew around them - especially on the world tour it becomes a lot more individual. Everybody\u2019s after the same thing.\r\n\r\nDoes it drive friendlier competition?\r\nIt\u2019s great because there\u2019s a great camaraderie and respect between all the surfers but the best guys aren\u2019t everybody\u2019s best friend as well. They\u2019re after one thing and thats winning and that doesn\u2019t always sit in the same place as being mates with everybody.\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s been your favourite competition to date?\r\nI\u2019d have to say the pipeline masters in 2014 when I won - that was a highlight event for me. The waves were really good and that would have to be a highlight.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAnything left to tick off on your surfing bucket list?\r\nThere\u2019s a wave in Namibia - it\u2019s a really long left hand wave that breaks on sand. Probably one of the longest barrelling waves in the world and I\u2019m yet to get the opportunity to surf a swell there. Definitely a bucket list wave - but I\u2019ve been able to tick a few off so far as well.\r\n\r\nDo you have a non-surfing bucket list?\r\nYeah - I ticked one off the other week. I got married. That\u2019s definitely a bucket list tick. I\u2019d also love to go to the Super Bowl. I don\u2019t follow it but I definitely respect what that event does to the country (USA) and the world.\r\n\r\nAny particular looks you like to rock when you\u2019re off the board?\r\nI spend a lot of my time in the clothing that I\u2019m endorsed by - there\u2019s no choice around that, but I recently had a great experience getting my suit made for my wedding with P. Johnson - they\u2019re some young guys in the city and I was pretty happy with the way my suit turned out - the style and yeah, it was great.\r\n\r\nWas it a classic black tux?\r\nI went with a cream jacket, white shirt, white bow-tie and navy blue slacks with adjusters instead of a belt. And dark brown shoes. My wife was happy so\u2026\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAny style heroes?\r\nJohnny Depp. I think he\u2019s got a pretty cool style and every time I seem him I think he\u2019s got it goin\u2019 on.\r\n\r\nWho are your non-surfing sports heroes?\r\nMathew Haydn\u2019s a major one, he\u2019s a good family friend of mine and I\u2019ve always looked up to him, especially from my earlier days growing up surfing. Adam Scott - he\u2019s also a good friend of mine but I think he\u2019s a great role model for any athlete and presents himself really well and he\u2019s obviously achieved great results.\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s the best country to visit for a combination of awesome waves and a great time out of the water too?\r\nI\u2019d have to say France - The South west of france is one of my favourite places for sure. For a mix - the food, the wine, the bread is exceptional and the cheese - and the waves are like here but you don\u2019t see a vacant spot for your surfboard.\r\n\r\nWhat do you get up to when you\u2019re not in the water?\r\nI\u2019d have to say my guilty pleasure is riding my dirt bike. One of my favourite things to do. I don\u2019t get many opportunities to ride it and it would be a guilty pleasure \u2018cos it\u2019s not really supported by anybody other that myself.\r\n\r\nDo you see any crossover between surfing and dirt biking?\r\nI do, I actually do. Especially when you\u2019re competing in a competition with waves of consequence and the adrenaline\u2019s up a lot and you have to make good, smart decisions, I do see crossover in that. If I\u2019m going to Tahiti to compete at Teahupoo or Hawaii to compete at Pipeline I will try to get on my bike so I get that feeling. The waves are tiny where I live and surf so there\u2019s no way I can create that relevance on the board.\r\n\r\nFinal question - what makes Australians so much better at surfing than the rest of the world?\r\nHaha - We all live on the coast. I think we\u2019ve all grown up on the beach. We all love a good Aussie BBQ on the beach and our lives all revolve around the coast.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nYou'll also like:\r\nSurf Girls, James Bond Sex Predator, Effects of Performance Enhancing Drugs & More\r\nChris Burkard: The Joy of Surfing in Ice-Cold Water\r\nA Tribute to History \u2013 Almond Surfboards Kookbox\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.