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It was an emotional win for Wright at Teahupo’o, his first since 2017. Photo Dunbar/WSL

Crystal Cylinders

Byron Bay’s Owen Wright has won the Hurley Tahiti Pro in 1.5–2-metre waves at the world-famous Teahupo’o reef pass. 

The rematch of the 2018 Tahiti final with Gabriel Medina was one for the books with some of the best conditions since 2014.

With eight minutes left Wright scored a near-perfect 9.17 to steal the title from Medina.

This is Wright’s first CT victory since the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast when the Australian inspired the world with his incredible comeback from a traumatic brain injury he suffered at Pipeline in 2015. 

‘I can’t be happier,’ said Wright. ‘Gabby (Medina) was always going to be the toughest match up and I had no priority and I snuck into those few on the inside. I tried to get as deep as possible and still make it. I teared up out there when the hooter went. I’ve been working hard and I am stoked to win.

‘I’ve tried to win this event a lot of times and it is amazing to finally get that today,’ he said.  

Byron Bay’s Soli Bailey started the event with a bang, out-scoring Gabriel Medina to win his seeding-round heat but was later defeated by Wright in a close battle in the man-on-man round and finished in equal 17th place. 


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