ON TOP OF HIS GAME: A file photo of Owen Wright, of Lennox Head, in Portugal last year. (Nine-time world champion Kelly Slater is at the foreground.) Owen, along with sister, Tyler, will be competing at the Margaret River Pro in WA, plus a host of other Far North Coast surfers. KIRSTIN SCHOLTZ/ASP
ON TOP OF HIS GAME: A file photo of Owen Wright, of Lennox Head, in Portugal last year. (Nine-time world champion Kelly Slater is at the foreground.) Owen, along with sister, Tyler, will be competing at the Margaret River Pro in WA, plus a host of other Far North Coast surfers. KIRSTIN SCHOLTZ/ASP

Kirby competes on her terms

KIRBY WRIGHT entered the Burton Pro at Newcastle so she could go on a trip and have a surf with her sister Tyler.

When Tyler had to pull out injured Kirby was left to fly the flag alone.

Surfing in her first ever World Qualifying Series event, Wright scraped through the early rounds but when it came to business time she went up a gear.

“It was there for me to win so I just went for it,” she said.

Wright dominated the semi-finals, scoring a combined 12.5 while the others battled away in the single figures and then blew them out of the water in the final with a 14.34 score – her closest rival tallied 9.74.

“It’s a great thrill to win an event, especially when you only do it for fun,” she said.

The 18-year-old is the middle sister of Owen and Tyler and while she has matching genes and most likely matching skills, she is more than happy to let her siblings have the limelight.

She lives at the family home at Lennox Head and is content with her social surfing and her job while the others travel the world as professionals.

“I just love watching them get the results,” she said.

“It’s not my goal to become a pro surfer; I’m happy to just work in and be around the industry.”

Wright works at a surf shop in Byron Bay and said that not even the thrill of winning an event could convince her to join the circuit.

“I will just let Owen and Tyler do it,” she said.

Meanwhile, Owen and Tyler are in Western Australia competing in the Margaret River Pro along with Lennox clubmates Adam Melling and James Wood and Byron Bay surfers Stu Kennedy and Laurina McGrath.

All six are waiting on a swell to get the second round underway.



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