Photograph By ASP/Cestari
There are a lot of eyes on Julian Wilson this year. In the past, they were the eyes of teenage girls, but his surfing has matured. He ditched the puka shell necklace long ago, and now old "Jules" needs to win to validate himself. Climbing up to sixth in the world last year was a big accomplishment. He was one of the most dominant surfers during the back half of the season. The onus is on him to put in a complete year, and he needs statement-making results at places like Teahupoo, Fiji and Pipeline.