- 14 September 2013 | Surfing
Owen Wright has been forced to withdraw from the 2013 ASP World Tour.
The Australian suffered a serious back injury at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, last April, and was advised by his medical team not to resume competition this year.
"It is a disk injury in my lower back. It happened at Bells on the first wave in my heat against Dusty. I got this wave all the way to the inside bowl, I lost control when I went into a floater and landed in an awkward layback", explains Wright.
"Pain shot down my leg really quick, but I went back out, but I couldn't score over a two for the rest of the heat. When I came out of the water I was in so much pain that I couldn't even get my wetsuit off", he adds.
Meanwhile, the recovery has been slow and Owen Wright has been appreciating the little things in life. At the same time, he has been doing a lot of work with Jeremy Sheppard, at the High Performance Centre and it's starting to improve.
"My goal is to be 100% back by the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast next year. I'd like to be back in the water end of October. To be back at 100% by March next year I will need as much time in the water as possible".
"Over the last few months I've been given a lot of dates and I've stopped asking, it's impossible to know for 100%, but it's also good to have goals and something to work towards".