Professional surfer Owen Wright has joined forces with his Major sponsor Rip Curl, in an effort to help clean-up Bali’s iconic surf spot, Uluwatu, by donating a surf board to be auctioned off to raise funds for the Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu Community project at his long time favourite Indonesian destination.
Owen has been a regular visitor to Uluwatu for almost 10 years and has close ties with the local community.
Owen and his father have been staying with the same family every year since he was 12 years old. For Owen, Uluwatu is synonymous with Bali: “When I say Bali, I mean Ulus, because that’s where I’ve always gone and it’s the best.” says Owen.
Seeing firsthand the changes to the area, where dramatic increases in tourism and population have over run the small scale infrastructure, Owen has decided to contribute to the community effort to keep the local surf break and historic cave of Uluwatu clean and safe for surfers and visitors. All proceeds from the auction of his board will go to the group Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu’s plans for a new waste processing system for the beach and cliff side area.
The board, a custom made 6’4″ by Parish Byrne, is one of the tall goofy footers favorites and was ridden by Owen during the Fiji Pro this year. Owen had this to say about the board: “It has the thumb-tail that I like on all my boards, only it’s pulled in a little more to hold in the bigger waves. I feel like this one worked really well in solid surf, but Parish (Byrne) and I are willing to donate it for Uluwatu, it’s a great cause and it’s where we surf in Bali.”