South Coast surfer Owen Wright has been named as a wildcard for the 2017 Championship Tour.
Wright is one of two wildcards accepted into the field of 34 surfers.
The announcement tops off a massive year for the 26 year-old, who was forced to sit on the sidelines for all of 2016 after suffering a brain injury prior to the 2015 Pipe Masters.
At the time of the accident Wright was in contention for the world title, but was forced to pull out of the event on medical advice when he suffered concussion after being battered by waves.
Since then he has continued his rehabilitation to get back in the water and on the board.
Wright's acceptance of the wildcard position is still subject to medical evaluation and clearance for competition prior to the start of the season.
Following the turbulent year the Culburra local and his partner welcomed their first child into the world earlier this month.