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2009 Has Been All Wright by Australia's Surfing Life

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 October, 2009 : - - Burleigh Heads, Queensland -- Owen Wright (AUS), 19, is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable faces of the new guard of progressive surfing. Undefeated this season on the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series and already having qualified for the 2010 ASP World Tour, Wright’s star is well on the rise. Australia’s Surfing Life (ASL) caught up with Wright just prior to his wildcard assault on the Rip Curl Pro Search event in Peniche, Portugal. their story...

This year will be remembered by most as the one in which Mick and Joel squared off toe-to-toe for the World Title. But in the minor leagues there’s another Aussie who’s making ’09 his own. Owen Wright did not lose a single heat on the Aussie Junior Series, took down Kelly Slater and Dane Reynolds at pumping Bells and won his first six star WQS event, the Sri Lankan Airlines Pro Maldives. He’s also strung together enough big results to put him in third position on the QS, sitting within range of the top spot with Hawaii looming.

We caught up with Owen while he was preparing for his second World Tour wildcard appearance of ’09, at the Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal.

When did you find out that you qualified for next year’s World Tour?
Well it’s not the best story, but I was in Brazil at the time and I was on the internet and and checked the ASP site. It came up saying that I’d qualified. I was a little shocked when it said I was guaranteed a spot on next year’s World Tour, but I was definitely excited and stoked when I found out. I’m still really happy about it now as well (laughs). It’s definitely my biggest achievement so far.

Have you celebrated yet?
Well no, I’ve been on the road since then doing contests. So I haven’t really had time, but I will after Hawaii, once it’s all said and done.

How many more WQS events are you going to do this year?
I’ve done 10 events so far this year, which isn’t many, so I’m going to do the last three 6-star prime events. When you add those to the half dozen juniors and a couple of World Tour events, it’s been my biggest year so far competition wise. It wasn’t really my focus in previous years, so it’s been good to knuckle down and do some events.

Did you ever think you’d qualify in your first year on the QS?
Nah I didn’t. At the start of the year it wasn’t one of my goals, but after my first three events I had a ninth, fifth and a second so I thought ‘why not give it a go?’ But it’s a whole different ball game and I’ve definitely made my fair share of rookie mistakes, which I’ve learnt from and kept doing my thing and had a few good results as well.

Read the full interview at Australia's Surfing Life

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