Wright takes out 2010 SurfSho
OWEN WRIGHT has confirmed his status as one of the most exciting young surfers on the planet by taking out the 2010 SurfSho at Bondi Beach, Sydney.
The 20-year-old WCT rookie blasted past some of the best in the world to steal first prize and a $25,000 cheque in the first professional surfing competition held at the iconic beach in more than 20 years.
Wright’s progressive and aggressive style is custom fit for the SurfSho which requires contestants to perform a series of aerial moves which are spun up on a giant wheel.
More than 20,000 fans turned up to watch some of the world’s best fly-high with nine-time world champion, Kelly Slater, current world champion, Mick Fanning, Quiksilver Pro runner-up, Jordy Smith and Aussie aerial specialist, Josh Kerr among the all-star field.
But it was Wright who flew highest, earning a 9.8 score off a soaring 360-degree rotating aerial which sent the crowd wild as he dominated the final.
The goofy-footer backed up that score with an alley-oop for 8.3 and a near insurmountable lead.
The win should give the young Lennox Head surfer a boost of confidence heading into the second leg of the WCT at Bells Beach over Easter.
Wright was in good form early at the opening event at Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast; he won his heat before bowing out to 2009 world No 4 Taj Burrow.
The rising star can be sure there will be no easy rides for him on his rookie tour with the type of eye-catching performances he is capable of sure to keep opponents on their toes.