‘Weet-Bix kid’ Mikey Wright wins in close finish
MIKEY Wright is celebrating the latest scalp result in his promising surfing career.
The Lennox Head competitor racked up a second spot at the Quiksilver Open Japan.
It was a breakthrough performance for the 16-year-old, who made the final of an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) event at his first attempt.
Mikey, who finished behind winner Mitch Crews, said he was delighted with his performance at the event in Chiba.
"I had such a great day," he said.
"I can't complain with second spot as making the final in my first ever ASP Star event makes me so happy.
"Thanks to my support team and a massive congrats to Mitch Crews."
Top surfers attended the four-star event, which took place at Tsurigasaki Beach on the south Japanese coast.
Gold Coast competitor Crews posted some consistent scores, including a perfect 10-point ride, to take the top spot.
It has been a year to remember so far for Mikey, who is fast becoming one of the country's top young surfers.
Earlier this year, he joined surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore as the face of Weet-Bix's multi-million dollar television advertising campaign. The talented youngster was selected as an ambassador for the breakfast cereal.
Meanwhile, Lennox Head's Adam Melling was hoping to get his campaign at the Volcom Fiji Pro event off to a belated start today. The Lennox Head competitor was left kicking his heels yesterday after a lay day was called at the ASP event.
Melling has been drawn alongside fellow Australian Josh Kerr and Brazilian Filipe Toledo in his heat.
Organisers hope action can start today with better conditions.