SURFING Senior Photographer Corey Wilson and Owen Wright spent a good chunk of 2015 traveling the globe and doing fun shit together, and Corey was one of the housemates who found Owen in bad shape at the Rip Curl house in Hawaii post-nap after Owen unknowingly suffered a concussion at 10-foot Pipeline in early December. Corey rang Owen to hear how he’s holding up a month and a half removed from the initial injury. You can sit in on their conversation below and above, you’ll see a photo gallery from Owen’s time in Hawaii leading up to the injury.
COREY: How are you feeling Owen?
OWEN: A lot better. I think I was in a bit of shock for about 6 weeks. I might’ve seemed OK but I was actually in a really bad way.
COREY: Have you been in the water yet?
OWEN: Just to the pool. I can do a lap of breaststrokes, but I’m not ready for much more than that yet. But it’s all good, the best part of being injured is having everyone take care of you. I am lucky to have a great family supporting me through all of this. If you injure your brain everyone else has to be your brain for you.
COREY: So are you just hanging and healing at home?
OWEN: Yeah, waiting for the results of some more tests. I’ll know a lot more about everything here soon. They are still trying to figure out all my scans. I’m not rushing anything, just trying to get back to my normal self. I don’t think anyone — including myself — really knew the severity of the injury.
COREY: It sounds like it screwed you up physically but you’re so strong mentally it was harder for them to see the signs of what was actually wrong.
OWEN: Exactly, that’s what they say. And with this injury I’ve had trouble with my memory. Apparently I tried surfing when I got home because I didn’t know I was injured. I thought I was fine. I actually tried doing a training session as well. I don’t recall any of it happening.
COREY: That’s so gnarly.
OWEN: Apparently someone drove past and I was trying to do chin-ups in the parking lot [laughs].
COREY: You’re kidding me. I wanna come to Australia and just take care of you. Feed you soup.
OWEN: I wouldn’t say no to you Corey. But really, the last 6 weeks have been a big blur and I’m only just coming around now. It feels good. I’m getting better. Have you seen that video clip: “I’m dizzzaaayyyyyy”? [laughs] That was me. But now, my head is screwed on. My awareness is back. At this rate, hopefully I’ll get some positive test results and I’ll be back surfing again here soon. I’m trying my hardest to get back to full health before the Snapper event and I’m really looking forward to doing some more Search trips this year.