Growing up on the south coast of New South Wales in Australia, Owen Wright has had his fair share of good waves. Owen has a super smooth style and mixes skilled barrel riding with an aerial attack that most surfers can only dream of. Owen solidified his status as a force in surfing during the 2008/2009 Season as a wildcard. In the Rip Curl WCT events, he was the unofficial giant killer defeating tour veterans like Kelly Slater.
A former Rookie of the Year who climbed to number 12 in the world on his comeback from injury, Owen chose JS Industries after extensive testing. “At one point,” recalls Wright, “Before the Quiksilver Pro, there were 80 boards in my living room I was testing!” All part of Owen’s search for the right materials that would help him achieve his ultimate goal of world champion. “It was JS who felt right, standing out as the best and most consistent for what I want from a board.”
The results from the partnership speak for themselves, with Owen recording the best competitive year of his life in 2015 - two perfect heats in Fiji (one of them being the final!), his first CT event win in 4 years, a cavalcade of finals appearances and a shot at the World Title going into the final event. A great deal of this success can definitely be attributed to the extra work Big O put in on the side, with his detailed "board diary" breaking down favourites and talking points to share with JS later on.
Some of his best warm-ups included a series of standout freesurfs everywhere from Australia's most treacherous slabs to Teahupo'o and Pipe, but unfortunately, it was also at Pipe that Owen suffered an injury on the eve of the World Title showdown, rendering him unable to compete for the duration of 2016.
After a long and emotional recovery, Owen made his return to the world stage at Snapper Rocks for the WSL's 2017 season opener. In keeping with his humble nature and tumultuous pre-season, O's goals for the event were purely to get back to doing what he loved. Immediately after his very first wave in round one, the entire competitors area was on their feet, with more than a few tears shed at the sight many thought they would never see again. Thankfully, this was only the beginning. In a miraculous return to form, Owen’s innate talent and constant building of momentum eventually led him to the final, where he stopped the surfing world again by taking the win over childhood friend and Rip Curl stable mate Matt Wilkinson. All at once, one of the sport's best ever comebacks was given the perfect fairytale finish it deserved, and Owen was right back where he belongs - on top of the world.
- 2017 - 1st, Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (WCT)
- 2015 - 1st, Fiji Pro (WCT)
- 2011 - 2nd, Hurley Pro Trestles (WCT)
- 2011 - 1st, Quiksilver Pro New York (WCT)
- 2011 - 2nd, Billabong Pro Tahiti (WCT)
- 2010 - 1st, Boost Air Show $25k
- 2009 - Qualified for the World Championship Tour
- 2009 - 1st, Sri Lankan Airlines Pro Maldives (WQS)
- 2009 - ASP Junior Pro Ranking #1
- 2009 - 1st, Chilli Pro Junior at Trigg Point, Western Australia
- 2009 - Takes Down Kelly Slater in Rip Curl Pro Bells
- 2009 - 1st, Coffs Harbour Pro Junior, NSW
- 2009 - 1st, Oakley Pro Junior to qualify for the Global Challenge
- 2009 - 1st, Burleigh Pro Junior, Australia
- 2008 - SURFER Mag #5 on the HOT 100
- 2008 - 1st, Boost Mobile Surf Sho (Nokia)
- 2008 - 1st, Billabong Pro Junior Series
- 2007 - 1st, Boost Mobile Airshow
- 2007 - 1st, U/18 Quiksilver Australian Junior Titles
- 2006 - 1st, U/16 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships
- 2005 - 1st, Quiksilver King of the Groms
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