Lennox surfer a Weet-Bix Kid
A YOUNG local surfer will be hitting local screens after joining surfing legend Stephanie Gilmore as an ambassador for Weet-Bix.
Mikey Wright, 16, of Lennox Head, said he was "stoked" and "overwhelmed to join the ranks of Tim Cahill and Brett Lee as the new face of Weet-Bix's multi-million-dollar television advertising campaign.
Mikey and Steph recently spent 10 days in Micronesia, where the commercial was filmed at P-Pass at Pohnpei, which is known for having some of the world's best waves.
"It was a great pleasure to be working with Steph, she's amazing," Mikey said.
"It was just great to surf at P-Pass; it was a really good trip."
The Ballina High School student was always destined to be a talented surfer, born the youngest brother of the local family of pro-surfers Owen, Kirby and Tyler Wright, and going on to sign his first sponsorship deal at the tender age of eight with Quiksilver.
He said he began surfing at the age of four after watching his older siblings taking to the waves and wanting to do the same.
"I just wanted to do what they wanted to do," Mikey said.
"Whenever one of us was in the water, you'd see all of us in the water."
Including Weet-Bix from Sanitarium, Mikey now has five sponsors under his belt, and is on a rocket to surfing stardom, having just won King of the Groms at the Quiksilver Pro and the 2012 King of the Groms international title last year in France - the highlight of his surfing career so far, he said.
As a Year 11 student, he crams in schoolwork via a distance education student program while travelling around the world for surfing tournaments.
This year he will surf Japan, Hawaii and other places and is looking to the future.
"My hopes would definitely to be on tour and to win the Quiksilver Pro."
Other Weet-Bix Kids
- Tim Cahill, soccer
- Stephanie Gilmore, surfing
- Brett Lee, cricket
- Torah Bright, snowboarding