The Right Stuff is the famous true-life tale of Project Mercury, a story about the seven military pilots selected to undertake the first manned spaceflight by the United States. The book (and the movie) showcase how human endeavor can make history, and how the human spirit can overcome any obstacle. Now, granted, the Wright family's efforts at the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro didn't blast anyone into the stratosphere, overcome gravity, or risk life or limb. However, they did make surfing history on Thursday, bringing fans along for the emotional ride.
We're pretty sure (granted, we're still scouring the books) that three siblings have never won CT heats at the same venue on the same day before. And if any have, they wouldn't have been through what the Wright's have. Owen's first CT win following his head injury was one of the more emotional days in surfing history. "Okay, okay, no more tears," said a watery eyed Wilko as he clasped Owen to his chest after his win. "Not until you win the Final."
Nobody played a bigger part in Owen's recovery than his sister Tyler. The World Champion is now, too, feeding off her brother's comeback. Her brutal display of power and precision netted her the highest heat total of Round Two in the Roxy Pro, and sent a signal that she is ready to defend both the event and her World Title.
That just left the youngest of the Wright clan, Mikey, to put a massive exclamation mark on what was a remarkable day for the family. The wildcard's defeat of the No. 6 seed Michel Bourez in the second to last heat of the day put the three Wrights into Round Three. It wasn't rocket science, but it sure was impressive.