The 30-year-old tour veteran (since 2011, when he won Rookie of the Year) got his competitive start in club meets with the Noosa Malibu Club, then was unstoppable in the boys’ division at the Noosa Festival of Surfing, before changing to shortboards and winning a world junior title as a teenager. Since becoming a full-time World Championship Tour surfer, Julian has racked up five event wins, including the coveted Pipeline Masters and Hawaiian Triple Crown, and has frequently threatened but not yet delivered a WSL world title. In 2018 he achieved the highest ranking (#2) of his career.
Only recently recovered from a serious foot injury that kept her out of competition in 2018, former world champion ironwoman and paddler Jordan Mercer, 25, has her heart set on a 2019 comeback that will hopefully see her take out the Molokai Ocean Ski Race (after coming third on debut) in May, grab her seventh Molokai to Oahu world paddle championships race in July, before finishing the year with wins in the prone and stand up world paddle titles.
Josh Constable, now 38, is back in fine form after competing with distinction at the WSL World Longboard Titles in Taiwan late last year, and the 2006 world longboard champion is expected to make a bold showing at the WSL Noosa Open at the Noosa Festival of Surfing next month. Another product of the Noosa points, Josh gets better with age.