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Owen shows he's still got the Wright stuff for surfing glory

HE’S BACK: Owen Wright advancing through the earlier rounds of the J-Bay Open.
HE’S BACK: Owen Wright advancing through the earlier rounds of the J-Bay Open. Asp

FORMER Lennox Head surfer Owen Wright is on his way to breaking back into the top 10 in the World Championship Tour.

Wright made it to the quarter-finals of the J-Bay Open in South Africa.

It is the second time Wright has made it to the final eight in a WCT event this year.

He was eliminated by current world champion Mick Fanning the last time he made a quarter-final at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria, earlier this year.

Wright has shown glimpses of the career-best form he showcased in 2011 which had him ranked as one of the top three surfers in the world.

He finished third overall that year and was seventh in 2012.

A back injury saw him miss the second half of last season as he slipped outside the top 30.

Wright spent a number of years in Lennox Head and is still involved with the Lennox-Ballina Boardriders club.

However, he has now based himself out of Culburra Beach on the South Coast of NSW.

Round five of the J-Bay Open was expected to resume overnight before a lay day was called.

Lennox Head surfer Adam Melling was eliminated in the third round of the competition.

It was his first WCT competition back after missing the Fiji Pro with a knee injury.

There are another three WCT events before the season concludes in December.

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