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.
Noosa Surfing Academy founder and head coach Dean Brady was born in Cooroy in Noosa Shire in 1986, and raised by the ocean in Sunrise Beach. A true water baby, he joined Noosa Nippers aged 7, and Noosa Boardriders Club aged 10.
Dean was appointed an ambassador for the Noosa World Surfing Reserve in early 2020 and serves on its Stewardship Council, helping to develop surf safety initiatives and communication of the Surf Code through an emerging schools program. He is also vice-president of the Noosa Boardriders Club.