HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Wednesday, September 28, 2011) – Owen Wright (AUS), 21, is into his second season amongst the world’s best surfers and is No. 2 on the ASP World Title Rankings already chasing his first world title. His recent accomplishments mark an incredible ascent for the young Australian, a win in New York and three consecutive Final appearances against reigning 10-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 39. Surfline recently caught up with Owen to discuss all things Wright. This…is their story…
WHAT DID YOUR FIRST TOUR WIN FEEL LIKE? WAS IT EVERYTHING YOU EXPECTED?
When I was a grom, my perception of a world tour win was a little bit twisted. Not twisted, but it was so big that you were still gonna be killing it the next day. But once I actually got into a final at Teahupoo and then getting the win in New York, it wasn’t the be all and end all for me. I mean, I’m back in round one the next week, so you get over it real quick. It was short-lived, but I definitely enjoyed the moment. When I was out there in the final in New York, I had a warm feeling inside and I felt my family’s presence there and how happy they would be. I don’t really know how to explain it, I just felt like they were there and having as much fun as I was.
YOUR FIRST FOUR EVENTS SAW SOME 13THS ALONG WITH A FEW QUARTERS. NOW YOU’VE MADE THREE FINALS IN A ROW. WHAT DO YOU THINK CLICKED FOR YOU?
At the end of last year I had a few results and then had a bit of time off — a few injuries, a few ups and downs. I just put myself into some good places. Went to Indo and hung out with my mates — that really brought me back down to earth with what surfing was all about and how much fun it is just to go surfing. I was a little bit too concentrated on competing so I decided to enjoy every aspect of surfing. Then I came to Teahupoo and I was really enjoying competing, and it stayed like that since then. I guess one of the things that clicked was that it’s not my first year on tour anymore. It’s time to start giving it a crack.
YOUR DAD TRAVELED WITH YOU DURING YOUR ROOKIE YEAR. WHO IS TRAVELING WITH YOU THIS YEAR?
This year I’ve been traveling with Ryan Fletcher, the team manager from Rip Curl, a lot. And also my coach, Dean Davies. I met him about…
For full interview, check out Surfline.com
For more on OWEN WRIGHT, check out his ASP WORLD TOUR PROFILE
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