Wright a Bondi wonder again
LENNOX Head excitement machine Owen Wright is flying high after winning the ASP Boost Mobile SurfSho for the second time at Bondi Beach yesterday.
The 20-year old boosted high over Bondi’s ramping waves, performing a massive full rotating aerial to score a near perfect 9.8 (out of a possible 10) and backed it up with a similar scoring (8.3) manoeuvre to take home $25,000 in prize money.
His closest competitor in the final was Cooper Chapman, scoring a 7.17 for a front-side air reverse. “I’m ecstatic,” Wright said.
“Where’s the thesaurus to describe how I feel? It was a great final, great atmosphere and a great crowd. It’s been a big three days and I’m buzzing.
“I’m stoked to be at Bondi and walking away with the Boost Mobile SurfSho trophy and this cheque!”
En route to the final, Wright threw down some gravity-defying moves to out-fly fellow surfers, including reigning world champion Mick Fanning and world No.2 Jordy Smith (ZAF), taking top honours at the aerial specialist event for a second time, having beaten nine-time world champion Kelly Slater in the 2008 final.
Bondi Beach provided the ideal playground for the final day of surfing, with 4-5 foot waves providing perfect aerial conditions on the water, as well as for the 30,000 spectators watching on.