CULBURRA Beach’s Owen Wright has held onto equal second in the world rankings, despite bowing out in round five of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
Wright was eliminated by Mick Fanning, as the two battled with big scores, including a near-perfect 9.10 from Wright and a masterful 9.60 from Fanning.
With Fanning in the lead at the halfway mark, Wright needed a 9.18 in his final attempt but was not able to turn in the requirement.
“I’m not too happy with a ninth place result, but I’ll definitely take it,” Wright said.
“I don’t come into an event without high expectations, so I was definitely aiming for a better result, but I’ll still walk away with a keeper.
“If I was going to choose anyone to knock me out of the event it would have been Fanning, so I can’t complain about going down to him. It was great to come back and compete at Bells in great waves.”
John John Florence sits in first ahead of Wright and Jordy Smith after three rounds.