Owen Wright

Australian surfing ace Owen Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) will get a crack at the world’s premier pro junior specialty event after taking out the ASP grade 5 Oakley Pro Junior in tricky 3-4ft beach break waves on North Stradbroke Island today.

Wright, 19, made certain he qualified for the prestigious Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge, recording a two-wave combined total of 17.75 (out of a possible 20) to outgun Brazilian Jadson Andre in a see-sawing, man-on-man final at Main Beach, Point Lookout.

An excited Wright said he was stoked to gain selection.

“I’ve seen the footage of last year’s challenge and it looked unreal,” said Wright, who netted $7000 and 3000 rating points for his win.

“It’s really sunk in that I’m going. That event is where it’s at. I just dug deep and did it.”

Wright, who won the opening event of the 2009 ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series at Burleigh Heads last month, pulled out some big moves across the final day of competition, disposing of Coolangatta’s Jack Freestone in the quarters, Ulladulla’s Sam Wrench in the semis before dispatching of Andre in the decider.

“The win means a lot to me,” he said.

“I’ve got two wins under my belt now, so I can just relax into the next few events and just nail it.”

The lanky goofy foot rose to the challenge set by Andre, coming from behind to steal victory with a near perfect 9.5 in the final 10-minutes of the highly-anticipated clash.

Despite a last minute wave challenge by Andre, Wright held on for a narrow victory.

Final scores: Wright 17.75 def Andre 17.20

Wright said he was pleased to snare victory after a nervous start to the event.


ISA World Junior Championships 

Surfing Australia is pleased to announce the 2009 Australian Junior Surf Team. Team Australia will represent Australia at the ISA World Junior Championships in Ecuador this March.

Surfing Australia would like to congratulate 2009’s Team Australia. Leading the Aussie charge in three separate divisions will be:

Dean Bowen (Gerroa, NSW,) Jordi Watson (Currarong, NSW,) Davey Cathels (Narrabeen, NSW,) and Garrett Parkes (Byron Bay, NSW,) in the Under 18 boys division.

Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen, NSW,) Dylan Cummings (Noraville, NSW,) Matt Banting (Port Macquarie, NSW,) and Creed McTaggert (Margaret River, WA,) in the Under 16 boys division

And the Under 18 Girls division will be contested by Paige Haggerston (Coal Point, NSW,) Kirby Wright (Lennox Head, NSW,) Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW,) and Tyler Wright (Lennox Head, NSW.)

24 top class surfers completed a grueling four day selection camp at Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre (HPC) late last week under the guidance of National Coaching Director Martin Dunn and High Performance Coaches Mark Richardson, Grant Hudson and Jenny Boggis. During this camp each athlete’s fitness, competition skills, attitude and previous event results were tested and analyzed allowing point scores to be awarded to each surfer. Based on this point scoring system, the selections were made. Further information on the Team Australia Selection Policy can be found in the Team Australia Selection Policy.

“It was a very tough and close selection camp, with only the smallest of margins separating each surfer” said National Coaching Director Martin Dunn. “We were all very pleased with the attitude and skill displayed by all surfers at the selection camp and we are confident that we have selected a strong, talented team who will do Australia proud at the World Junior Championships.”


NY Surf Film Festival 

After an extremely successful opening year at the famous Tribeca Cinemas, the 2nd Annual New York Surf Film Festival will return in September 2009. The New York Surf Film Festival is an event consisting of three days of screenings from independent short and feature films, cult classics, and world premieres from established and emerging surf filmmakers.

The official Website of the New York Surf Film Festival will bring the festival experience to the surf community through the streaming of short films, current news, photos and box office information.

NYSFF’s Co-Founder Tyler Breuer is looking forward to this years submissions: “Last years submissions were so incredible and creative, I can’t wait to see what submissions come in for this year’s event”.