Owen Wright grew up in the tiny town of Culburra, New South Wales, Australia, as the second of five kids who all surf (His sister Tyler is a two-time World Champion, while his little brother Mikey is a free-surfing firebrand who occasionally makes noise on the Qualifying Series.) In fact, all 15 kids who lived on his block surfed and pushed each other to perform. At age 9 Owen made his first surf trip to Bali. By 14 he was making annual pilgrimages to the North Shore of Oahu. After taking an Australian Title in 2007 he qualified for the CT in 2009 and finished his debut season of 2010 ranked No. 7, which earned him Rookie of the Year. Tall, lanky, and famously unflappable, Wright utilizes his large frame to full effect with a powerful brand of explosive surfing. His first CT win came in 2012 at the Quiksilver Pro New York, where he netted surfing’s largest-ever prize of $300,000. In 2015 Owen put himself in the hunt for a World Title after a huge win in Fiji, where he bagged two perfect 10-point rides to win the Final. But days before the final event at Pipeline, he suffered a traumatic brain injury during a warm-up session. The incident proved life threatening, and for a time it looked like Wright’s career was over. He sat out the entire 2016 season, learning how to surf all over again late that year. His eventual return to competition in 2017 is now the stuff of legend, as Wright won the season opener at Snapper Rocks during one of the most emotionally charged comebacks in history. He finished the season No. 6 on the Jeep Leaderboard.