Articles tagged with "Owen Wright"Posted by: Shari on September 21st, 2009
Posted in: Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.Tags: Dripping Wet Pro 2009 Manly, Owen Wright.Posted by: Shari on June 1st, 2009
Stylin'. Owen Wright. photo: Michael Tyrpenou/ ASP Australasia
(Manly, NSW – Sunday, 20 September 2009): Owen Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) became the most famed junior surfer in ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series history today winning the Dripping Wet Pro Junior presented by Arrive alive.
Following on from his younger sister’s, Tyler, win yesterday, Wright created history in nearly every available category at Manly today.
Having not been defeated in a single heat all year, Wright has also accrued the most prize money in a year, whilst wrapping up the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series crown with an event to spare.
Defeating his good friend, and number two seed, Dean Bowen (Gerroa, NSW) in the final, Wright was over the moon with what he achieved today.
“I feel awesome,” he said with a massive smile on his face.
“I knew that Deano has been in devastating form so I wanted to wrap up the Series here at Manly,” he said after outpointing Bowen 13.00 (out of a possible 20) to 8.00.
“I didn’t want to leave it up to him at Bells.”
Wright not leaving it until Bell's. photo: Michael Tyrpenou/ ASP Australasia
Leading up to the final, the stage was set for the two top seeds in front of a mass of spectators.
A win would have seen Wright crowned ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series champion on the spot, however a win from Bowen would have seen the Series title dragged out to the next event in Bells, where Wright won’t be competing.
And so began a memorable final, rife with dynamic, powerful, innovative surfing, suspense and anticipation from the current ISA World Junior champion and the heir-apparent to the king, Kelly Slater.
Working the crowd into a frenzy with his speed and array of amazing manoeuvres, Wright opened the final with an eight-point ride; and from there it was one way traffic.
When asked of his memorable undefeated streak, he was quick to answer.
“After the World Juniors in January I just got over losing,” Wright stated.
“Since then things have seemed to go my way and the results have come my way, I’ve just been focussed and on a mission to win.”
Having all but qualified for the ASP Dream Tour for 2010, Wright now focuses’ his attention towards the gruelling ASP World Qualifying Series where he is currently ranked third.
“I’m really looking forward to continuing on this good run,” he said.
“My goal is now the ASP World Tour.”
Also taking place on ‘Super Sunday’ was the Skull Candy Cadet Cup which saw the best 16 years and under surfers in the country going head-to-head.
After the dust had settled it was Doug Chandler (Gerringong, NSW), Connor O’Leary (Cronulla, NSW) and Soli Bailey (Suffolk Park, NSW) left in the final, with O’Leary taking the $250 first place prize.
For all scores, results, digital images and media please visit http://live.coastalwatch.com/08_default.aspx?eid=15845&qryL=english
Posted in: Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.Tags: ASP Australasia Pro Junior, Owen Wright, Trigg Point WA.Posted by: Shari on April 15th, 2009
Owen Wright continued his dominating form into the finals at the Chill Pro Junior presented by the City of Stirling. Wright locked in an impressive 9.50 out of a possible ten in the first minutes of the final against Queensland’s Noah Lane. Pic Credit – Surfing WA/Nick Woolacott.
Trigg Point, WA — Owen Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) today claimed his fourth consecutive ASP Australasia Pro Junior Title today, with a convincing victory at the Chill Pro Junior at Trigg Point, Western Australia. The $6000 winner’s cheque means that Owen Wright has now won more prize money than any other surfer in the history of the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series.
At just 19 years of age, Wright now sits clearly on top of the ASP Australasia Pro Junior ratings, as well as holding down third place on the ASP World Qualifying Series ratings.
The best surf of the event was saved for the finals where clean two feet waves allowed for some true high performance surfing, with all finalists stepping up to the challenge.
Wright’s scores in the 30 minute final against Noah Lane (Rainbow Beach, QLD) reflect his total dominance of the three day event. He locked in a 9.50 ride in the opening minutes which set him up for the rest of the final. He went on to score a back up 8.90 to finish with a combined total of 18.40 from a possible twenty, the highest total for the entire event.
Wright’s razor sharp forehand attack was perfectly suited to the long lefthanders on offer, with his smooth style and trademark aerial manoeuvrers causing an eruption of applause from the crowds at Trigg Point. Wright was pushed by a determined Noah Lane who persisted with a counter-attack and scored a combined total of 16.50 from a possible twenty.
“I was stoked with the waves we had in the final, we couldn’t have asked for much more. I was a bit worried that the surf was going to be small, especially after three weeks of pumping waves in Bali, but it turned out to be a great final.” Said Wright who will return home to Lennox tonight for the first time in three months after a busy competition schedule.
In the women’s event, local girl Felicity Palmateer (Hillarys, WA) caused an upset to claim her first Pro Junior win. Palmateer defeated event favourite Laura Enever (Narrabeen, NSW) in the semi-finals and carried the momentum with her into the finals, where she defeated Angela Keighran (Mullaway, NSW). Palmateer nearly doubled the score of her rival in the finals, racking up a combined score of 14.25 out of a possible 20, Keighran didn’t look as comfortable at Palmateer’s home break, scoring a combined total of only 7.75.
Owen Wright presented with the $6,000 winners cheque after his win. Pic Credit – Surfing WA/Nick Woolacott.
Posted in: Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.Tags: asp world championship tour, Kelly Slater, Owen Wright, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, round 2.Posted by: Shari on January 5th, 2009
Owen Wright (AUS), 19, event wildcard, caused the upset of the day in eliminating reigning nine-time ASP World Champion and defending event winner Kelly Slater (USA), 37.
BELLS BEACH, Victoria – Pumping surf in the six-foot (2 metre) range and dramatic performances marked today’s action as the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Snickers steamrolled through the first 12 heats of Round 2.
The second stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach saw excellent surf on offer throughout the day as the world’s best surfers narrowed the competitive field down to the final 20.
Owen Wright (AUS), 19, Rip Curl Pro wildcard, caused the upset of the event, eliminating reigning nine-time ASP World Champion and defending Rip Curl Pro winner Kelly Slater (USA), 37, during Round 2 of competition. The young Australian drove out to an early lead with his critical backhand attack, netting a 14.67 out of a possible 20, while Slater hunted barrels on his forehand.
“I am really happy,” Wright said. “It has been a long week waiting to surf against Kelly Slater. I have just been relishing it and waiting for it. Out there, I just stayed on my own game and really just concentrated on what I was doing. I just got the set waves and surfed them, then the ocean went flat at the end and I kept the win.”
Wright has been in sterling form in 2009, collecting three ASP Pro Junior event wins as well as a No. 8 spot on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS). Today’s win against the nine-time ASP World Champion was further evidence of the explosive goofy-footer’s world-class form, and a great boost to confidence for the remainder of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
“I’ll be taking a lot of confidence into my next heat,” Wright said. “I am just rapt with that heat and really happy to get one over Kelly Slater. There won’t be many chances like that one to come around.”
Slater displayed his patented mastery of the Bells bowl, sliding into barrels and smashing the lip on several occasions, but a failed exit on a double-barrel wave cost the Floridian the score needed.
“It was reminiscent of a heat I had out here against Sunny Garcia in 2000,” Slater said. “I needed to come out of a second barrel to get through the heat and fell. Sunny went on to win the event and the World Title. Which is pretty dooming I suppose. I didn’t see too much of Owen (Wright) surfing in the heat, but he did one big turn in front of me and I’ll have to watch the video later.”
The result marks the second equal 17th finish for Slater in 2009, making his campaign for an unprecedented 10th ASP World Title much more difficult.
“The magic hasn’t been there yet this season like it was last year,” Slater said. “However, I just have to remember that it’s early in the season and there’s a long way to go.”
Joel Parkinson (AUS), 21, current ASP World No. 1, dominated today’s conditions at Bells Beach, defeating 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie Michel Bourez (PYF), 23, in Round 2. Parkinson unleashed a flurry of fluid carves and explosive lip maneuvers to secure the highest single-wave score of the day, a 9.23 out of a possible 10.
“There is nothing better than coming over the hill for Bells,” Parkinson said. “Especially when you know you have an early morning heat, a low tide, it’s offshore and it is 4-6 foot. It has probably only happened two to three times in my career so I will definitely remember this one for a while.”
Mick Fanning (AUS), 21, former ASP World Champion (2007) and past winner of the Rip Curl Pro (2001), was in sensational form as well this morning, securing the day’s high heat total of a 17.16 out of a possible 20 for his phenomenal forehand performance.
“The waves are pumping right now, it is so consistent,” Fanning said. “It was a bit nerve-wracking not surfing for a week as you normally have the Round 1 surf to work out how things are going.”
Following a brief relocation to nearby Winkipop for Heats 11 and 12, an onshore flow forced event organizers to call competition off for the day.
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach officials will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am for a possible 7:30am start.
When competition resumes, veteran ripper Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, will take on replacement seed Jay Thompson (AUS), 25, in Heat 13 of Round 2.
Highlights from today’s Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach pres. by Snickers will be available via www.live.ripcurl.com
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.00 def. Mick Campbell (AUS) 11.00
Heat 2: Taylor Knox (USA) 16.93 def. Chris Ward (USA) 10.67
Heat 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 12.67 def. Dayyan Neve (AUS) 12.50
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.76 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.66
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.16 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 15.27
Heat 6: Bobby Martinez (USA) 16.40 def. Tim Boal (FRA) 12.50
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.00 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.17
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS) 14.67 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 13.83
Heat 9: Adam Robertson (AUS) 16.10 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.84
Heat 10: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 12.57 def. Jihad Khodr (BRA) 9.67
Heat 11: Drew Courtney (AUS) 16.07 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.60
Heat 12: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 15.60 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.47
REMAINING RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 2 HEATS:
Heat 13: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Jay Thompson (AUS)
Heat 14: Tim Reyes (USA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 15: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Dean Morrison (AUS)
Heat 16: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. David Weare (ZAF)
RIP CURL PRO BELLS BEACH ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Bobby Martinez (USA)
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 5: Adam Robertson (AUS) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 6: Drew Courtney (AUS) vs. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)
Heat 7: TBA
Heat 8: TBA
Posted in: Contests, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.Tags: Australians Dominate Day 1 of Billabong ASP World Junior Championships at North Narrabeen, Owen Wright.
Owen Wright (AUS), 18, posted the day’s high heat total, a 17.83 out of a possible 20, to advance directly into Round 3 of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.
NORTH NARRABEEN, Australia (Saturday, January 3, 2009) – The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships got underway this morning in three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at Sydney’s iconic North Narrabeen beach with the Australians proving dominant in the challenging conditions.
The culmination of a year’s worth of domestic ASP Pro Junior Series, the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships is the premiere junior event in the world and the decider in the hunt for the ASP World Junior Title.
Owen Wright (AUS), 18, last year’s equal 3rd place finisher at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships and an ASP International wildcard into this season’s affair, kicked off today’s campaign in sterling fashion, posting a 8.50 and backing it up with an 9.33 to take down Pierre-Valenti Aborde (FRA), 17, and Shota Nakamura (JPN) and advance directly into Round 3.
“I’m feeling really healthy right now,” Wright said. “I’ve been at home on the New South Wales South Coast ironing out the kinks in my surfing and body so I feel really good coming into this event.”
Wright’s 17.83 out of a possible 20 proved to be the highest heat total of the day and the progressive goofy-footer has his sights set on the ASP World Junior Title.
“I just tried to stay busy out there this morning,” Wright said. “I wanted to start well and attack everything and the scores came to me.”
Tamaroa McComb (PYF), 16, who now lives on the Gold Coast of Australia, wasted no time in the opening heat of the day, posting an impressive 8.17 and a 6.73 to defeat opponents Kiron Jabour (HAW), 17, and Heath Joske (AUS), 20.
“I felt really good out there,” McComb said. “It was the first heat of the event so it feels good to win and get through Round 3. I’m focused to do well and surf against the world’s best. That’s why I’m here.”
Wright and McComb were joined by fellow Australians Stuart Kennedy (AUS), 19, and Dean Bowen (AUS), 18, in their respective Round 1 victories.
While the home country dominated today’s proceedings, the visiting surfers from around the world had their moments as well.
Granger Larsen (HAW), 18, smashed the North Narrabeen righthanders with forehand flare to net an impressive 16.17, defeating opponents Jadson Andre (AUS), 20, and Heremoana Luciani (PYF).
“So stoked to get through that heat,” Larsen said. “It was a really gnarly heat. I drew the No. 1 seed and knew that it would be a tough ask in these small conditions. I feel really confident going through to the third round after that performance and am looking forward to the rest of the event.”
Tanner Gudauskas (USA), 20, equal 3rd place finisher at last season’s Billabong ASP World Junior Championships, picked up where he left off last year, snatching victory from compatriot Cory Arrambide (USA), 19, and Andres Wurst (PER).
“That first heat was crazy,” Gudauskas said. “Cory (Arrambide) got off to such a good start, but I just got lucky I guess. I’m just taking it as it goes. It’s great to surf in this quality event. The competition is similar to the WQS competitions. I got 3rdlast year, but now I want to better that result.”
Event organizers called competition off after the first nine heats of Round 1 and will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30am for a possible 8am start.
Highlights from today’s Billabong ASP World Junior Championships available via www.billabongpro.com
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Tamaroa McComb (PYF) 14.90, Heath Joske (AUS) 12.10, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 7.04
Heat 2: Alex Lima (BRA) 11.13, Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) 10.50, Keito Matsuoka (JPN) 8.10
Heat 3: Magno Dias (BRA) 10.67, Rudy Palmboom (ZAF) 10.17, Klee Strachan (ZAF) 7.97
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 17.83, Pierre-Valenti Aborde (FRA) 11.60, Shota Nakamura (JPN) 7.26
Heat 5: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 14.36, Blake Jones (USA) 14.30, Maxime Huscenot (REU) 11.50
Heat 6: Jatyr Berasaluce (EUK) 10.67, Tonino Benson (HAW) 10.33, Jules Thomet (FRA) 6.34
Heat 7: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 13.40, Cory Arrambide (USA) 12.40, Andres Wurst (PER) 6.54
Heat 8: Granger Larsen (HAW) 16.17, Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.50, Heremoana Luciani (PYF) 5.83
Heat 9: Dean Bowen (AUS) 12.16, Dusty Payne (HAW) 8.84, Travis Beckmann (USA) 4.60
BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIORS REMAINING ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 10: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Alex Ribeiro (BRA), Heifara-Peter Tahutini (PYF)
Heat 11: Casey Brown (HAW), Kai Barger (HAW), Koko Nakamura (JPN)
Heat 12: Charles Martin (GLP), Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN), Kaito Sekimoto (JPN)
Heat 13: Julian Wilson (AUS), Jayke Sharp (AUS), Casey Grant (ZAF)
Heat 14: Alejo Muniz (BRA), Medi Veminardi (REU), Nicholas Godfrey (ZAF)
Heat 15: Nat Young (USA), Lincoln Taylor (AUS), Shaun Joubert (ZAF)
Heat 16: Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Andrew Doheny (USA), Marc Lacomare (FRA)
BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Pauline Ado (FRA), Nikita Robb (ZAF), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 2: Arini Mason (NZL), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Christa Alves (USA)
Heat 3: Paige Hareb (NZL), Sayuri Hashimoto (JPN), Nao Omura (JPN)
Heat 4: Bethany Hamilton (HAW), Alizee Arnaud (FRA), Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 5: Coco Ho (HAW), Gabriela Leite (BRA), Leila Hurst (HAW)
Heat 6: Laura Enever (AUS), Diana Cristina (BRA), Sarah Baum (ZAF)