Lennox Head rising star Owen Wright at Bells Beach.
Lennox Head rising star Owen Wright at Bells Beach. AAP

Wright a wildcard for Portugal

LENNOX HEAD'S Owen Wright has been granted a wildcard in the Rip Curl Pro Search event in Portugal.

The 19-year-old is currently in third place on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) and was a stand-out in April's Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, where he defeated nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater.

Since then, the phenomenal goofy-footer has gone on to secure his spot amongst the world's best for 2010 and will use his wildcard in Peniche to measure himself against this year's ASP Top 45.

“It's a massive honour to be selected, amongst the many incredible riders on the Rip Curl team, to compete in this event,” Wright said.

“At the beginning of the year, I put my head down and really worked hard at achieving my goal of qualifying for the Dream Tour and now that I've done it, it feels amazing.

“I really see this as an opportunity to get some practice in against the world's best before being a part of the tour next year.”

Wright will take on Bede Durbidge and Chris Davidson in the opening round.



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