What He Rode: Owen Wright

JS gives us a look under the hood of Owen's winning board from Fiji

Owen and the perfect Jason Stevenson board that helped earn him a pair of perfect heats. Photo: Joli

Owen and the perfect Jason Stevenson board that helped earn him a pair of perfect heats. Photo: Joli

OWEN WRIGHT
HEIGHT: 6’3″
WEIGHT: 179lbs.

SHAPER: Jason Stevenson (JS Surfboards)
MODEL: Forget Me Not
TAIL: Round Tail
LENGTH: 6’4″ 1/2″
WIDTH: 19 3/16″
THICKNESS: 2 1/2″
VOLUME: 31.5L
CONCAVE: Subtle single to double concave
GLASSING: Stock 4x4x4

How close do you work with Owen when you’re cutting boards?
We're actually really good mates and we work a lot behind the scenes together. He's an amazing translator when it comes to fine tuning his equipment. He's actually created and kept detailed notes on every board we've ever made.

How would you describe this particular model?
Essentially, the Forget Me Not is a high-performance shortboard built for really good waves.

Do you know if Owen rode this board throughout the whole event?
He actually rode a slightly shorter model in the early rounds when the conditions were a little smaller, but it was pretty much a copy of the 6'3" he rode in the final, just a little tweaked.

How would you alter the shape of this model for an average surfer? Owen rode a stock Forget Me Not model, so I really wouldn't change it at all. Guys who want to surf really perfect waves want to know they can rely on what they have under their feet. Our team and a lot of our customers trust this board when the conditions really turn on. But I feel that it's really underrated for other conditions as well. A lot of people count it out sometimes as being too much of a Ferrari for them. While it's built for good conditions, it really goes well in less-than-perfect surf, too. We've all surfed this board in every condition imaginable and it continues to perform.

The perfect combination of fins, tail, and height for Fiji freight trains and Owen Wright. Photos: Joli

The perfect combination of fins, tail, and height for Fiji freight trains and Owen Wright. Photos: Joli