Wright defeats world champ
LENNOX Head surfer Owen Wright has extended his family’s collection of big surfing scalps after he defeated reigning world champion Mick Fanning at the Burleigh Breaka Pro at the weekend.
The 20-year-old announced himself to the world when he defeated nine-time world champion Kelly Slater in two-metre swells at Bells Beach in 2009 before repeating the dose in Portugal five months later.
Wright finished third in the Burleigh event but stamped his arrival to the big time in the semi-final when he scored a perfect 10 and backed it up with a near-perfect 9.7.
With the first event of the ASP world tour, the Quiksilver Pro, to get underway on the Gold Coast this weekend, Wright is perfectly primed for his maiden assault on the title.
Little sister Tyler can also lay claim to taking out a world champion after she beat Stephanie Gilmore in the Layne Beachley Classic and went on to become the youngest ever winner of an ASP event as a 14-year-old.