Owen Wright made a solid comeback by winning his first heat after the head injury he got while warming up for the Pipe Masters in Hawaii last December 2015. As soon as Owen caught his first wave, he made it look like he had never been away from competition. His powerful and loose brand of surfing was on display throughout his first heat at the Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro. He got busy nailing left and right-handers and posted a solid heat score of 15.33, winning his very first heat getting back into competition.
In an interview, Wright said “It felt amazing to get back out there and compete – it was really emotional. There is no doubt that this has been the hardest year of my life, a real roller coaster ride. Now I’m through the bad and on the other side of it I feel better, stronger and really excited to have this rash-shirt on and competing again.”
“The love and support that people all around the world have shown me since the injury has been amazing,” he added. “It is so cool to see that there is so much love in this sport of surfing, it’s incredible. I want everyone to know how important this support and belief in me competing again was to actually coming back.”
“It felt really good to go out there and smash some waves and compete again. I’m just enjoying being here with my partner and my baby and just soaking up this moment. I was watching everyone surf out the front and thought if I could sit up there on my own, I could snag a few lefts and rights that would suit me and my height and give me a bit more room to move on the face.”
Wright was out of competition for the entire 2016 due to the injury. At the time he got injured, he was ranked No.5 on the Championship Tour and had a chance to win the World Title. It has been over a year since the injury, and it has been a long wait for Owen Wright and his fans. But the wait is over as soon as he hit the water and the future looks bright for the goofy-foot.
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