OWEN Wright gives the double peace sign while surfing inside the barrel during the fifth round of the Billabong Pro in Tahiti. Wright scored a perfect 10 (out of a possible 10) to win his heat over Brett Simpson.
OWEN Wright gives the double peace sign while surfing inside the barrel during the fifth round of the Billabong Pro in Tahiti. Wright scored a perfect 10 (out of a possible 10) to win his heat over Brett Simpson. Kirstin Scholtzasp

Tahiti loss can't tarnish Lennox surfer's great achievement

FORMER Lennox Head surfer Owen Wright was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Billabong Pro in Tahiti yesterday.

Wright made his way past the fourth and fifth round of the World Championship Tour event as competition came to a close yesterday.

He produced some of his best during the week including an 18.36 (out of a possible 20) in the third round.

Wright also received the Andy Irons Most Committed Performance award at the end of the competition.

It is given to the surfer who shows commitment, passion and courage during the event.

"This feels amazing and I'm so honoured to get this award," Wright said.

"To get fifth place here is pretty special and the award just tops it off."

It took surfing legend Kelly Slater and a 19.44 to bring him down in the fourth round.

High scores were the order of the fifth round as Wright registered a 19.87 against Brett Simpson.

He scored a perfect 10 on one of his waves during the heat.

Wright got a second chance in the quarter-finals against Slater but couldn't top a 19.87 set down by the American.

Slater eventually made it through to the final where he was beaten by Brazilian surfer Gabriel Medina.


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