After getting his first ever CT wildcard for the 2016 Quiksilver Pro, Mikey Wright justified the decision straight off the bat by taking out the reigning World Champ in round one with a last minute flurry of solid hacks. Read More
Thursday, 24 March 2016 1:16:05 pm Australia/Sydney
One of the world’s most electric young freesurfers, Mikey Wright, has joined the likes of Joel Parkinson, Julian Wilson and older brother Owen Wright by signing exclusively with JS Industries surfboards.
Originally from Culburra on the NSW South Coast, Mikey has spent the last several years mixing part time competition with trips focussed on getting the biggest and best waves possible. From Tahiti to Hawaii and Micronesia, including a range of waves all over Australia, he’s ridden boards from Jason Stevenson in every condition imaginable before finally deciding to lock-in full time.
“The best part about my boards from JS is that I can rely on them for everything. Last year I went straight from a huge Hawaii season to P-Pass, chasing a swell, and I had so many good boards that made me more confident in heavy waves. In the main session when it was solid, I was lucky to not fall once, so thankfully I didn’t even break any!
Mikey standing tall during the swell of the season at P-Pass, Micronesia. Photo - Andrew Shield.
“After that I went back home, and with all the waves around there we’ve just been dialing in my boards non-stop. I’ve got a few that I can use in the smaller surf we usually get in contests, but they still have that spark you need to feel like you’re surfing your best.”
After receiving the wildcard into the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, 2016’s season opener, Mikey managed to take out the reigning WSL World Champion, Adriano de Souza in his first ever CT heat. Showing that he’s got all of the skills and finely tuned technique of a top level pro, but with his own signature edge, Mikey’s start to the year confirmed what a lot of people had already suspected – one of Australia’s best up-and-coming natural talents is ready to blow minds in 2016.
“He’s the kind of surfer you’re just always excited to watch. From contests to clips, he’s fast, raw and unpredictable,” says JS. “Working with Mikey is always great because he’s already one of the most well rounded guys in the world – from huge airs in head high beachbreaks to mind-blowing tubes at 10 foot P-Pass, he can do it all.”
So, where to next for Mikey? “This year I’m mainly chasing contests and doing a few trips on the side, trying to get into the best waves possible, and really working hard on qualifying for the CT. Just about every one of my new boards has been put away for a contest, so that shows how consistently good they’ve been! I can’t wait to see where we take it to from here.”
Saturday, 27 August 2016 2:41:41 pm Australia/Sydney
After spending the last few months rehabbing his ankle and gradually getting back to 100%, Mikey's dialled in his quiver for the European leg of the QS, which sees a range of contests running in anything from mushy beachies to solid tubes. Read More
Yep, you read that right. Mikey wants to hook you up. He recently fell in love with our Black Baron twin fin and figured you would too. So we partnered up with Quiksilver to give one away, along with $1000 worth of Quik gear. Need some new qetsuits? Grab 'em. Or some fresh clothes? All yours. Enter below:
Wednesday, 3 April 2019 11:53:33 am Australia/Sydney
Our favourite edit of the year so far, Dust is STAB's new profile film on everything that went into Mikey's road to qualification throughout 2018. Injuries, honest insights, and of course, the kind of surfing that stops you in your tracks. Long form interview over here, and full board breakdowns, below (he's 6'0" / 75kg):