15 months ago, Owen Wright suffered a severe brain injury at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu. It had the potential to not only end his career, but his life. And at the start of the year, no one knew what was coming.
After a year-long absence from competition, Owen Wright has just confirmed that he will accept the injury wildcard for the 2017 World Surf League Championship Tour. This comes after a long road to recovery from the serious head injury he suffered at Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore in December of 2015.
Gabriel Medina (BRA), reigning WSL Champion, and Tyler Wright (AUS), have emerged victorious this afternoon, claiming the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France respectively, in clean four-to-six foot (1.5 – 2 metre) waves at Culs Nus.
The Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro France, Stop No. 9 on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), ran in pumping conditions, deciding the men’s and women’s Quarterfinalists at Culs Nus. Huge crowds gathered on the water’s edge to witness an epic day of mind-blowing performances from the world’s best surfers.
Au revoir, Teahupo’o. See you next year, Fiji. This fall, the world’s best will pull into some of the world’s throatiest, most daunting barrels far from the tropics. The Roxy Pro and Quiksilver Pro France are where raw, powerful conditions meet the refined style of French culture. Together, they pack an incredible punch of surf drama. Catch all the competitive drama live here daily from October 6 – 17, and take the waves to go with the WSL App.
Conditions were agonisingly slow, and Freddy had caught just one wave all heat — a paltry 0.5 — when, with under a minute and a half to go, he took off on a smallish, frothy lump that held little promise. The wave promptly shut down on him, whereupon he changed course and directed himself left along the whitewater, bouncing vigorously towards a rock that was protruding invitingly above the surface. When he reached his destination, he lifted the nose and slammed his board down with all the force he could muster on the rock’s edge.
It’s all about location, especially in surfing. With small waves and big high tides stalling the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro Gold Coast, contest officials are considering relocating the event from Snapper Rocks to Duranbah (more commonly known as D-Bah). The beach is just southeast of Snapper, around the headland. Officials will make the call whether or not to move Friday morning local time.
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Kelly Slater and Jason Andre judge John John Florence’s high-scoring heats at the 2014 Quiksilver Pro France.
John John Florence (HAW) has claimed the Quiksilver Pro France, navigating the shifting eight-to-10 foot (2.5 – 3 metre) barrels at the primary site of Le Gardian in front of a massive crowd on the beach.