After winning the ASP PRIME SriLankan Airlines Pro in the Maldives in 2009, Aussie Owen Wright kick-started his elite career the following year by finishing seventh in his inaugural year on the World Tour. Amongst the highlights of his season was his defeat of Joel Parkinson at Backdoor in the year’s last contest, the Billabong Pipe Masters.
He performed even better in 2011 with a third-placed finish overall, scoring a victory over Kelly Slater in the final of the Quiksilver Pro New York, and he cemented his reputation in 2012, finishing tenth. However, after winning the ASP 4-Star Breaka Burleigh Pro at the start of 2013, he suffered a serious back injury at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in April, forcing him to miss the remainder of the elite season.
Born on 16th January 1990 at Culburra Beach, New South Wales, Owen was spoilt growing up with perfect reef barrels and punchy beach breaks. He made an impact on Hawaii’s North Shore when he was just 14 years old, surfing a day at 3rd reef Pipeline and scoring some huge heaving Pipe barrels.
His happiness in big, meaty barrels like Pipe and Tahiti, coupled with a progressive aerial attack on both fore and backhand, means he is considered by many to be the most exciting young surfer in the world. He uses his extreme height - six foot three - to his advantage, mixing world-class power surfing with the modern style.
- Age: 24
- Height: 1.90m
- Weight: 82kg
- Nationality: Australia