Wilson to leave WSL tour after Olympics

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Australian surfing star Julian Wilson will take an indefinite break from the sport's world tour after he competes at the Tokyo Olympics.

The perennial World Surf League title contender, who turns 39 in September, said he is having the layoff "for my own well-being and that of my family".

But he added in the Instagram post: "by no means am I calling it a retirement from professional surfing.

"The inability to travel internationally with them now and for the foreseeable future is enough for me to take a step back and be there for my wife and children."

Apart from Wilson sitting out the rest of this season, the WSL said on its website that he also would not apply for a tour wildcard next year.

"I'm feeling really good about my decision and really excited for what my future looks like with extra time on my hands and I'll be bringing some new projects to life(!) while enjoying being with my family," Wilson added.

Wilson, Owen Wright, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons will represent Australia when surfing makes its Olympics debut at Tokyo.

Wilson made an immediate impact in his debut 2011 WSL season, finishing ninth overall and earning him the men's rookie of the year honour.

He finished second overall behind Brazilian star Gabriel Medina in 2018 and was third in 2017.

Wilson has won five WSL events, including the 2014 Pipe Masters in Hawaii, when he also took out the triple crown.

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