Owen Wright endured a serious head injury just before the start of the 2015 Pipeline Masters. At the time, Wright was in contention for a world title, but was unfortunately unable to compete. The injury would prove to be more intricate than previously thought, and the Australian was forced to withdraw from the first half of the 2016 CT season.
At the midpoint of the schedule, Owen has released a further update on his condition, stating that he will withdraw from the remainder of the 2016 in order to continue rehab and prepare for next year. He continued:
“It’s always difficult being away from the water for me. It’s also a major challenge to give myself time to heal because I want to be back in the singlet so badly. That said, I understand that I have more rehabilitation ahead of me until that’s possible. I’m feeling better every day and I want to thank everyone for the support so far. I miss my friends and family on tour and I’m looking forward to seeing them all again soon. Thanks again for the support.”
Surf fans, sponsors, and the WSL alike are saddened by his absence, but hopeful for his future return. WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow had this to say:
“Owen is one of the most impressive athletes to ever grace our sport and the WSL fully supports him taking the time he needs to return to 100%. He’s been sorely missed on tour this year, but I know that he’s in all our thoughts and we all look forward to seeing him healthy again and sharing the lineup with us.”
It's safe to say the six-year tour vet and world title contender will have no problems getting an Injury Wildcard for 2017. Fingers crossed he's ready by then!