CULBURRA Beach's Owen Wright was knocked out of contention at the 2019 Corona Open J-Bay, stop six on the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), in the quarter-finals on Friday.
In four-to-six foot (1.2-1.8 metre) waves at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa, the Culburra Beach Boardrider went toe-to-to with Brazil's Gabriel Medina in the final eight.
Wright posted solid scores of 7.77 and 6.83, for a combined two-wave total of 14.60 but it wasn't enough to edge Medina, who scored 15.67.
From here, Medina went on to defeat United States' Kolohe Andino (14.30 to 14.00) in the semi-final before topping countrymen Italo Ferreira (19.50 to 16.77) in the final - to claim the 2019 J-Bay crown.
This fifth-placed result sees Wright move up to 12th on the leaderboard, behind leader Andino - with the next event being the Tahiti Pro Teahupo'o from August 21 to September 1.
The women's J-Bay title was claimed by Hawaii's Carissa Moore, who ousted US' Lakey Peterson (15.47 to 14.60) in the final.
This result sees Moore leapfrog Gerroa's Sally Fitzgibbons into the number one spot on the women's leaderboard.