THE exceptional run of Culburra Beach’s Mikey Wright at the Quiksilver Pro France, stop number nine of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour, is over, after losing to eventual winner Julian Wilson in the quarter-finals.
After storming into the final eight with a strong win against Brazilian pair Gabriel Medina and Michael Rodrigues in round four, the Culburra Beach Boardrider took on his countrymen in the third quarter-final.
Despite recording waves of 8.43 and 5.80, for a combined 14.23, it was no match for Wilson, who managed to chalk up a score of 15.10 to progress.
Wilson went from strength to strength in the next two heats, to edge out Australia’s Ryan Callinan (15.34 to 14.23) in the decider, while United States’ Courtney Conologue defeated Australia’s Macy Callaghan (14.76 to 10.96) in the women’s final – at the 17th running of this iconic French event.
This solid result sees Mikey Wright move up three spots into eighth in the world rankings, with his brother Owen still sitting in sixth.
While Gerroa’s Sally Fitzgibbons sits in seventh in the women’s rankings, four spots ahead of two-time defending world champion Tyler Wright.