Some Answers with Owen Wright

posted by / Some Answers / September 29, 2009


Owen Wright hasn’t lost a single heat on the ASP Pro Junior Series this year. He has a record for most prize money. He has a spot on the 2010 World Tour. He has sore ribs resulting from repeated angry jabs with the nose of a surfboard. Owen was assaulted by some California locals on a recent surf trip heading south from San Francisco. They were very mean to Owen. This is strange news, because Owen is among the friendliest of all human beans.

SURFING: What happened, slugger?

Owen Wright: Australian Surfing Life magazine did a Hot 100 trip, where they took six guys and we went from San Francisco to San Diego in RVs. We didn’t get great waves, but we did a fair bit of sightseeing. Went to the Golden Gate Bridge and that. A few amusement parks.

So when did things turn grouchy?

We’d extended our tickets because we knew a swell was coming, and we ended up scoring a wave we’d seen a few days earlier that looked fun. But we just ended up getting kicked out. [Laughs] Dean Bowen and I paddled out, and Deano took a little left that no one was paddling for. I went right, and when we got back out this one little Mexican dude started yelling…then another…and pretty soon there were, like, 15 guys screaming at us to go in and get out of there and go back to Trestles and all that. Everyone else went in, but I sort of sat there for a little bit and was saying, “We don’t want the good ones, we’ll just catch the leftovers,” because it was pumping.

They started stabbing at me with their surfboards, started thrusting them into me. I dodged a few of ’em, but yeah, they got a couple in my elbow that hurt for sure. Still a bit sore. And a couple in my side. Got a little cut and that. I guess they hit me pretty hard.

Did they follow you in?

Yeah, after that I said, “Alright, alright, we’re going in,” and as I paddled away one of them was all, “We’re gonna rip your fins out!” He grabbed me and was trying to bust my board up. It was pretty brutal, really. I can understand maybe just talking to us and working it out, but they didn’t want a part of it.

Then they smashed our car window, in the back of the RV. We lost a fair bit of the deposit. Lost all of the deposit, actually. It was about $1400.

Have you ever dealt with anything like that at home?

Ummm…nah, never anything quite like that. I mean, there are always a few blowups if someone does something wrong. Fair enough if you’ve dropped in on someone, but we hadn’t even done that. I think they were just over the stickers and the cameras and everything. It was only that one spot. They were just really off us. Really off the stickers, I guess. [Laughs]

Owen joined by the rest of the Ripcurl crew shredding in Costa Rica.


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  • fred

    Name the spot. Local’s like that deserve their spot to be invaded. If they would nicely ask them to keep the names underwraps usually goes further than being an utter douche on society!

    Surfing is fun. Lets keep it that way

  • http://surfing shawn

    well Fred…sounds to me like the douche locals tried to shout them out of the water…Owen didnt listen.. and paid the price. surfing is fun…until your spot gets invaded by aggressive rip shredders…you sound just like the type of pussy that would go and call the cops over shit like this. Society has ruined surfing. long live localism!!!!

  • Mik

    I agree, name the spot. Also, you should have reported it, because it is aggravated assault, and if anyone in this Latino pack is here illegally, they can be arrested and deported. BTW: sorry this happened Owen, Americans are generally very fair, and easy going.

  • Lindamar Local

    That’s right. We took it easy on you the first time. Don’t come around these parts with the Dog and Pony show.

    Lindamar Localz 4 Life Bitch

  • Eddie

    I took a trip to Australia and the same thing happened to me and my bros. Except they kept saying go back to Sydney. Still don’t get it.

  • 23 Chippicanos

    Boo hoo Owen,

    The Chips has one question for you. What the f did you think would happen when you drive the coast with a RV full of pros and photogs? We should really be celebrating these guys that didn’t bend over for the Kook 100 Tour. If the perpetrators of this excellent act of violence are out there, The Chips would like to buy you some 40s.

    23 Chips

  • stephen

    fighting over waves yes after a drop in yes but your spot? get F$#ing real, in Hawaii one rule show respect You haoles could surf country and not get hasseled dont drop in on anyone and show respect who is lindamar bitch? someone surfed at your spot better then you poor baby their are groms surfing baby queens that probibly rip harder than you man up cali residents pile in bring your tankers & practice your nose riding skills at this break shoots…..

  • Chris Binns

    I was the guy who pulled together the trip, and what happened in the water was straight up lame. The spot was Tarantulas, at Jalama, which is about 15 miles from Lompoc, in Central California. Only wave on the trip we intend to name, and purely as a result of what happened. Secret spot? Yeah right, there’s a huge caravan park on the beach, and there were 60 guys in the water. We went there cos Tom Curren told Owen we should. Tom Curren!

    We surfed another so-called secret spot a few days earlier and a guy was thanking me for not naming it in our blogs as the wannabe Wolfpak were busy sending the groms in at Jalama. There were three of us on the beach with cameras and no-one said a thing, but then again we’re adults and if you’re a middle aged coward and kook it’s far easier to pick on 19 yr olds. Or smash the windshield of a car while nobody’s around. There were no punches thrown, but everyone’s arms might have been tired from the amount of flailing and window winding that was going into all the blown take-offs.

    It was a real pity Owen and the boys, who were more than happy to catch leftovers, weren’t allowed the opportunity, as they would have put on a clinic out there, it was pumping.

    No hard feelings from the Aussie crew though. Half the beach apologised to me afterward for the local caveman population, and the hospitality and generosity we were shown the rest of our trip was crazy.

    Thanks for having us, and if anyone knows someone at El Monte RV who can cut us a deal on the damages that’d be rad.


    Ps. Skindog for President.

  • respectful blow-in

    the wave is tarantulas at jalama beach just near lompok.
    bullshit spot, bullshit wave. i suggest that if you’re even a half capable surfer you should get down there with as many of your buddies as possible and throw yourself over the falls. you’ll probably be better than half the local doolies in the water and it may just be one of the best waves you surf.

  • joe cream-o

    The Chips…. internet hero.

  • FYL

    HAHAHa.. LInda Mar is a beginner beachbreak in Pacifica. Linda Mar Localz, what a joke.

  • Larry Kelp

    TARANTULAS kook association, what KOOKS.