Wright hopes for ASP World Title
LENNOX Head’s Owen Wright is hoping to cap off an incredible grom career with the most prestigious crown in junior surfing – the ASP World Junior Title.
The ASP Australasia No.1 seed and stand-out qualifier for the 2010 ASP Dream Tour, Wright has won just about every conceivable junior title in his young career, except the big one.
Descending on North Narrabeen this Sunday, the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships is considered the sport’s “crystal ball” for aspiring champions, and is set to feature the top 50 juniors from Africa, Australasia, Europe, Japan, North America and South America.
Despite the event being held at North Narrabeen’s famed peaks for over a decade, the ASP Australasia region hasn’t seen a men’s champion since Joel Parkinson in 2001 – a disappointing record Wright hopes to right.
“Last year a lot of things went the wrong way for me,” he said.
“It will be tough since the field has a lot of the same faces from last year, but I’m looking forward to it.
“Narrabeen is an awesome location; the Alley rights are so puntable and the lefts are long and sometimes barrelling so I hope we get it pumping this year!”
Wright was given a further confidence boost by two-time ASP world champion Mick Fanning, who believes his fellow Northern Rivers product is the real deal.
“Owen is world champ material if you ask me,” he said.
“I’ve watched him evolve over the years and he’ll be the man to beat at the World Juniors for sure, provided he’s recovered from some heavy injuries suffered during the Portugal world tour event.”
Should he not be fully recovered, local hopes will rest with Cabarita’s Brent Savage and Coolangatta charger James Woods, both of whom are considered genuine contenders for the crown.
The championship event mirrors the competition format of the ASP world tour, and a finals placing in the tournament affords the successful surfers an unrivalled seeding on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) that serves as a springboard to the ASP World Tour.