CULBURRA Beach’s Owen Wright has continued his strong recent form by finishing fifth at the first ever Surf Ranch Open.
After reaching the men’s final – the top eight surfers after qualifications – Wright could only managed a two-wave total of 15.40 (7.43 and 7.97), which saw him claim fifth position.
The eventual winner of the event was Brazil’s Gabriel Medina, who managed waves of 8.73 and 9.13, for a combined score of 17.86.
Medina finished just ahead of countrymen Filipe Toledo (17.03), United States’ Kelly Slater (16.27) and Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi (15.77).
Rounding out the top eight were Australia’s Julian Wilson (15.37), Hawaii’s Sebastian Zietz (15.07) and Brazil’s Miguel Pupo (12.96).
In the same event, Owen’s brother Mikey finished 24th overall.
At the conclusion of the men’s event, Owen has moved up into fifth in the world rankings, while Mikey is 11th.
The women’s event was won by Hawaii’s Carissa Moore (17.80), from Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore (16.70), US’ Lakey Peterson (16.57) and US’ Caroline Marks (14.77) – with Gerroa’s Sally Fitzgibbons just missing out on a spot in the top four, by finishing fifth in qualifying.
This result sees Fitzgibbons move up to seventh in the world rankings, while two-time reigning world champion Tyler Wright (Culburra Beach) slipping to ninth after not competing at the event.