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Surfing champ Julian Wilson chose rehab over surgery for injured shoulder for his family

The surfing champion who endured months of pain over quick fix surgery just so he could hold his baby daughter in his arms

  • Julian Wilson chose long rehabilitation over quick surgery for injured shoulder
  • The surfing giant said he made the decision for career and his daughter
  • Wilson suffered a ruptured shoulder join after mountain bike accident 
  • He managed to take home the Quicksilver pro France in October despite injury
  • Wilson will take on the Pipe Masters in Hawaii this month for the world crown
  • He will go up against Brazil’s Gabriel Medina and Filipe Toledo for the top prize

Surfing giant Julian Wilson opted for a long course of rehabilitation over a quick fix surgery for his injured shoulder so he could hold his baby girl.

The world title contender recently recovered from a ruptured joint in his shoulder, and is about to go into the Pipe Masters in Hawaii.

He is one of only three men with a shot at the 2018 world crown, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Surfing giant Julian Wilson (with wife Ashley and daughter Olivia) opted for a longer course of rehabilitation over a quick fix surgery for his injured shoulder so he could hold his baby girl

The world title contender recently recovered from a ruptured AC joint in his shoulder, and is about to go into the Pipe Masters in Hawaii

The world title contender recently recovered from a ruptured AC joint in his shoulder, and is about to go into the Pipe Masters in Hawaii

While he said he believed rehabilitation for the broken shoulder was the best option for his career, he also made the decision with his first born child in mind.

‘I had a 50-50 chance of being hands-on when she was born or zero chance if I had the operation,’ Wilson said.

‘That was a big part of my decision.’ 

Wilson came out of a mountain bike accident during preseason with an injured shoulder.

Wilson said he was supported by wife Ashley and daughter Olivia when his injured arm was hurting during competition. 

‘I am at my best with them by my side,’ he said. 

He said the pain his wife went through during the birth of their first born in March was enough to keep him going.

While Wilson said he believed rehabilitation for the broken shoulder was the best option for his career, he also made the decision with his first born child in mind

While Wilson said he believed rehabilitation for the broken shoulder was the best option for his career, he also made the decision with his first born child in mind

 Julian Wilson said that his wife Ashley and daughter Olivia were his biggest supporters: 'I am at my best with them by my side'

 Julian Wilson said that his wife Ashley and daughter Olivia were his biggest supporters: ‘I am at my best with them by my side’

Wilson said the pain his wife went through during the birth of their first born in March was enough to keep him going

Wilson said the pain his wife went through during the birth of their first born in March was enough to keep him going

He managed to win the opening event of the season on the Gold Coast, even though he drove hours each day from his home on the Sunshine Coast so he could be with his family.

He even surfed the final leg of the competition with his injured arm hanging loosely by his side. 

The roller coaster journey led him to ride to the top in October, when he took home the Quicksilver pro France.

Wilson said it was the first time Olivia had been on the beach when he had won, and that he wanted to make her proud.

He said he hoped to be a role model to his daughter and that she was a constant source of inspiration as he set out to claim the surfing world. 

Wilson is ranked second in the world and will go up against Brazil’s Gabriel Medina and Filipe Toledo for the 2018 men’s world crown of surfing at Hawaii this month. 

Wilson came out of a mountain bike accident during preseason with an injured shoulder

Wilson came out of a mountain bike accident during preseason with an injured shoulder

Wilson is ranked second in the world and will go up against Brazil's Gabriel Medina and Filipe Toledo for the 2018 men's world crown of surfing at Hawaii this month

Wilson is ranked second in the world and will go up against Brazil’s Gabriel Medina and Filipe Toledo for the 2018 men’s world crown of surfing at Hawaii this month

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