Owen Wright completes fairytale comeback with win at Quiksilver Pro
Owen Wright showed good form to eliminate Mick Fanning from competition at Snapper Rocks (Source: WSL/Sloane)
Owen Wright has completed a fairytale comeback from a serious brain injury, winning the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks. Wright won the final over good mate Matt Wilkinson, who he credited for looking out for him while recuperating throughout 2016.
"I couldn't have done it without all the support of my friends, family, partner and my little baby boy," an emotional Wright said straight after the win.
"I'm just so stoked to be here after spending a whole year out and to be in the final with my best mate.
"He's been there the whole time and coming up and visiting me the whole year."
Stephanie Gilmore notched up her sixth finals win at Snapper Rocks today (Source: WSL/Sloane)
Earlier, Stephanie Gilmore served notice she is set on a seventh world title after winning the women's final.
The win is the 25th of Gilmore's professional career and the sixth time the 29-year-old has won the event, her first coming during her maiden year on tour in 2010.
She said it had been a long road back to good form after a lacklustre 2016 in which she battled injury but was thrilled to win again at her home break.
"It feels so good that I can't believe it," Gilmore said moments after the win.
"I'm so happy to have all the support, there's no better feeling than winning here."
Gilmore earlier defeated fellow Australian Sally Fitzgibbons and said while a world title was a long way off, winning at Snapper Rocks augured well for her.
"The stats are pretty good when you win here, well see what happens but I would love to win another title."
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