The final day we were all hoping for but didn't dare dream could actually happen! Incredibly well deserving champions Owen Wright and Stephanie Gilmore, plus amazing runner-up performances from Wilko and Lakey. Photo Trevor Moran.
If you can properly consider where Owen's come from a year, a month and even a week before winning 2017's Quiksilver Pro, there's no doubt it's one of the greatest and most inspiring comebacks you'll ever see in any sport, let alone surfing. His off-season and lead up to this year's Championship Tour might have been relatively short, but with O being so enthusiastic about surfing again and having so much appreciation for the whole process, he was able to rapidly dial in boards with JS while also building his confidence and muscle memory to the point where he's now number one in the world. Of course, this is a huge high point in O's comeback, but you also get the feeling it's just the beginning of a long and happy story. More insight, below:
Back in 2015 when Owen won in Fiji, his Monsta 6s were all around 6'3" x 19 1/4" x 2 1/2" x 31.5L, and his contest winner was a slight step-up 6'4 1/2" x 19 3/16" x 2 1/2" x 31.5L Forget Me Not. With Owen's current fighting weight now being 76kg (down from approx. 82-86kg beforehand), he's gravitated towards new, equally slimmed down dims in his M6 shortboard - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.5L. Clip Peter King.
Exactly the type of fast, yet critical backside surfing that led O all the way to the podium! Photo Ryan Miller