Wright adds Bedes scalp
OWEN WRIGHT has added to his collection of big scalps by disposing of world No 6 Bede Durbidge at the Santa Catarina Pro in Brazil.
Wright unleashed a series of trademark moves to shut the Gold Coaster out of the heat with a two-wave total of 13.77 to Durbidge’s 9.27.
Through to the fourth round for the first time since joining the ASP tour this year, the goofy-footer has set up an electric clash with fellow young gun Jeremy Flores of France, who ousted Adam Melling in the previous round.
Wright’s win over Durbidge came as a surprise to most with the senior surfer a noted performer in Brazil.
“Bede is an amazing surfer and every year he competes here, he gets the best waves,” Wright said.
“Fortunately, I was able to get in a rhythm out there and there wasn’t anything left for him.”
The 20-year-old has been battling a knee injury over the opening rounds of the tour which has seen him bow out in round three on consecutive occasions.
The same injury nearly ruled him out of the third leg in Santa Catarina but his determination has provided him with an opportunity to go deep into this contest.
“My knee didn’t feel 100 per cent before the comp so I wasn’t even sure if I would compete,” Wright said.
“It’s come through good though, but still not where I want it to be.”
The kid will be enjoying the ride after being somewhat unsuccessful in the opening rounds at Snapper Rocks and Bells Beach in Australia.
“Starting the year with two 16ths is tough,” he said.
“But I’m rapt to be through to the fourth round here.”
Aussie Joel Parkinson was a surprise casualty at the hands of Michel Bourez in the opening of round four – Bourez also ousted Byron Bay surfer Keiren Perrow in round three action.
Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater and Jordy Smith will all be in action in round four which will be surfed today, conditions permitting.