Four Pro Junior events in a row? That’s a huge accomplishment for Aussie Owen Wright—but just wait ‘til he makes the World Tour in 2010! He’s rated 3rd in the WQS right now…
Owen Wright. Photo: Surfing Australia
(Sunday, 31st May 2009), Owen Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) today claimed his fourth consecutive ASP Australasia Pro Junior Title today, with a convincing victory at the Chill Pro Junior at Trigg Point, Western Australia. The $6000 winner’s cheque means that Owen Wright has now won more prize money than any other surfer in the history of the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series.
At just 19 years of age, Wright now sits clearly on top of the ASP Australasia Pro Junior ratings, as well as holding down third place on the ASP World Qualifying Series ratings.
The best surf of the event was saved for the finals where clean two feet waves allowed for some true high performance surfing, with all finalists stepping up to the challenge.
Wright’s scores in the 30 minute final against Noah Lane (Rainbow Beach, QLD) reflect his total dominance of the three day event. He locked in a 9.50 ride in the opening minutes which set him up for the rest of the final. He went on to score a back up 8.90 to finish with a combined total of 18.40 from a possible twenty, the highest total for the entire event.
Wright’s razor sharp forehand attack was perfectly suited to the long lefthanders on offer, with his smooth style and trademark aerial manoeuvrers causing an eruption of applause from the crowds at Trigg Point. Wright was pushed by a determined Noah Lane who persisted with a counter-attack and scored a combined total of 16.50 from a possible twenty.
“I was stoked with the waves we had in the final, we couldn’t have asked for much more. I was a bit worried that the surf was going to be small, especially after three weeks of pumping waves in Bali, but it turned out to be a great final.” Said Wright who will return home to Lennox tonight for the first time in three months after a busy competition schedule.
In the women’s event, local girl Felicity Palmateer (Hillarys, WA) caused an upset to claim her first Pro Junior win. Palmateer defeated event favourite Laura Enever (Narrabeen, NSW) in the semi-finals and carried the momentum with her into the finals, where she defeated Angela Keighran (Mullaway, NSW). Palmateer nearly doubled the score of her rival in the finals, racking up a combined score of 14.25 out of a possible 20, Keighran didn’t look as comfortable at Palmateer’s home break, scoring a combined total of only 7.75.
After the great success of the 2009 Chill Pro Junior at Trigg Point major sponsor Brownes Chill have solidified their commitment to junior surfing in WA, supporting a range of events over the course of the next two years.
Surfing WA Event Manager Justin Majeks said, “It’s great to have Chill on board for a long-term partnership, the brand is a great fit with surfing and their support is much appreciated. It’s important for WA to have an ASP sanctioned Pro Junior event and we’re all looking forward to an even bigger and better Chill Pro Junior in 2010.”
For all results and news from the weekend check out www.chillprojunior.com
The Chill Pro Junior is presented by the City of Stirling and is proudlysupported by Surfing Western Australia, 92.9, Australia’s Surfing Life, Reef, Filtrate Eyewear, Department of Sport and Recreation and ASP Australasia. “Sport and Recreation building stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities”
For further information regarding the Chill Pro Junior at Trigg Point, please contact Surfing WA on (08) 9448 0004 or check out the event website www.chillprojunior.com.