The Australian suffered a serious back injury at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, last April, and was advised by his medical team not to resume competition this year.
"It is a disk injury in my lower back. It happened at Bells on the first wave in my heat against Dusty. I got this wave all the way to the inside bowl, I lost control when I went into a floater and landed in an awkward layback", explains Wright.
"Pain shot down my leg really quick, but I went back out, but I couldn't score over a two for the rest of the heat. When I came out of the water I was in so much pain that I couldn't even get my wetsuit off", he adds.
Meanwhile, the recovery has been slow and Owen Wright has been appreciating the little things in life. At the same time, he has been doing a lot of work with Jeremy Sheppard, at the High Performance Centre and it's starting to improve.
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