Surfing’s New Comeback Kid – Owen Wright’s Incredible Return to Form

Surfing’s New Comeback Kid
Owen Wright’s Incredible Return to Form

When Owen Wright paddled out at Pipeline 15 months ago, he had no way of knowing that the session would nearly cost him his career—let alone his life. Wright came into the final event of the year in 2015 as a contender for the world championship. He was widely acknowledged as the hardest-charging surfer on tour, having put on heroic displays at Teahupoo and Cloudbreak, and a win at Pipe and an early loss by a few big names would see him win the title that many thought was inevitable. But instead, he ended up with a traumatic head injury and brain bleed that would see him spend much of the next year in a post-concussive haze, his family unsure if he would ever be back to normal.

More than a year later, Owen is back—and in a big way. Over the past 15 months, he has done extensive rehab, learned how to surf again, come to peace with the months and memories lost, and had a child with his pop start partner Kita Alexander. Considering where he’s come from, that was more than the Wright family could have hoped for—but Owen wasn’t done. Despite the doubts, the difficulties, and the long road he’s had to travel, Owen knew deep down that his recovery wasn’t complete until he had also regained his ability to compete.

Last week, Owen completed his recovery—and in doing so accomplished one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. Recall that Owen could barely get to his feet on a longboard half a year ago. When he posted a picture of himself re-learning how to surf on a soft-top in ankle-high waves on Instagram, the entire surf world cheered him on, while also mourning the loss of one of our greatest heroes. But when he pulled on the jersey at Snapper Rocks in front of a capacity crowd of fellow countrymen, it was as if Owen had never left. His surfing was razor-sharp the entire event, and with every heat that he won, the whispers got louder. What if he actually pulls it off? What if he can come back from one of the worst surf injuries of all time, and win his first event back?

Owen was pitted against best friend and Rip Curl stable mate Matt Wilkinson in the final, and by that time it didn’t matter who took home the trophy—we as surf fans had already won. Two goofies in the final at an event that up until a couple of years ago was always won by regularfoots. Last year’s event winner and Cinderella story Matt Wilkinson, who had won multiple events and led the tour for half the season despite never having had real competitive success on the WT level before, versus everyone’s favorite nice guy, a hell-charger they called the Avatar who had incredibly returned from a massive brain injury to contest the final in his first world tour event in over 15 months. Both Australians, both from the same stretch of coast a few hours south of the Goldie. This was the stuff legends were made of, and just to see it happen was enough to make people believe in miracles again. There were literally a handful of tears being shed as the heat started.

When Owen came in victorious, winner of the Gold Coast Pro and new leader of the world tour rankings, the impossible had been accomplished and miracles were possible. The handful of tears had turned into torrents, commentators were stumbling over themselves to describe the experience, and despite all of the other rotten things that were going on around the planet, for a moment, everything was right in the world.

At the end of the day, that’s why most of us surf—for those short moments where everything feels right. Sometimes they come from a barrel or a noseride, or from simply getting to our feet and making it down the line. Last week, they came from Owen Wright, the man who, one event into the year, is now the favorite for the world title. Comebacks don’t get better than that.

What is the Lost Carbon Wrap?

…LOST Carbon Wrap Technology

…LOST surfboards have long been at the forefront of progress, but now they have taken an even bigger step into the future. The carbon wrap technology available on most boards is a patented surfboard technology that improves flex and performance, making boards snappier and more responsive. The idea originated with Gold Coast designer Dan MacDonald, and leads to lightweight boards that don’t sacrifice strength. It eliminates the need for a wooden stringer, and leads to advanced flex characteristics that make the board feel more alive. The carbon wraps from the bottom, along the rails onto the deck, and creates a rear foot power point. The carbon strips are strategically placed for optimum strength and drive, but avoid crossing the deck under the front foot, thereby allowing the deck to cave slightly and provide that familiar front foot indention. Because the carbon is tapered into long, narrow ends, the flex bends out naturally towards the tail and the nose, giving the board more snap.

Flex has always been the holy grail of surfboards, and figuring out how to configure it properly is the difference between a magic board and a normal one. …Lost has cracked the code with its carbon wrap technology, so there is no reason why your next board—and every board—can’t be magic.


If you want to see what we have in stock click here…we get stock in often but usually pre-sale most by they time they come in. So if you are serious about getting a Lost Carbon Wrap call us 808-597-9055 or email us – David

Harley Ingleby talks about THUNDERBOLT TECHNOLOGY



Audio Harley Ingleby: (Start 1:49) – Billy Tolhurst and I have worked really closely for over 15 years. And, we’ve not only always tried to push ourselves about shapes and designs, but also with different blanks and laminations. We’ve been working for a couple of years behind the scenes with Thunderbolt Technologies. It’s just been amazing to work really closely with them and push that to a new level. I’ve worked with other sandwich constructions before, which have been okay, but to be able to work with Thunderbolt Technologies and I’ve really had to focus on how it actually feel under your feet and the response you’re getting back and all that sort of stuff, it’s just been next level.

(3:06) – It’s been really good not being stuck with the one exact lay up or exact flex pattern from board to board. Different boards, cruiser or whatever, they’re all developed for different kinds of waves. The others slightly tweak the layouts and stuff for a performance for their cruisers or small wave board. (3:28) Thunderbolt Technologies are PVC, double sandwich construction with varying amounts of carbon pressed in there as well. But, it’s their secret construction techniques that I really feel that separates them from all others. We’ve come to realize that there’s a need for a two-weighted flex pattern, so we’ve decided to call them THUNDERBOLT RED and THUNDERBOLT BLUE.

THUNDERBOLT RED being the most flex and the lightest. So, all-around performance and basically just trying to replicate my best ever contest board, but it’s going to be a whole lot stronger.

THUNDERBOLT BLUE is our stronger, stiffer construction. I was chasing another flex pattern and weight for bigger hollower waves . Basically, we just beefed up the fiberglass of it all, instead of just the carbon strip, it’s a complete carbon wrap all over. Plus varies  other strips in there to get the flex just how we want it.

(4.38)Billy Tolhurst and I, we’re really proud of our range. I think depending on your size and weight and where you live and the kinds of waves or your ability level, between the Thunderbolt Red and Thunderbolt Blue, I think in the series there’s a perfect board for you.




CJ Classic

  • 9’5″ x 23″ x 3 1/16″
  • Nose: 18 7/8″
  • Tail: 15 1/2″
  • Volume: 79 Liters
  • 10’0″ x 23 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Nose: 19 3/16″
  • Tail: 16 1/2″
  • Volume: 88 Liters

Aussie Slasher

  • 9’4″ x 23 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Volume: 75 Liters
  • Nose – 18 3/8″
  • Tail – 16″
  • 9’10” x 23 1/2″ x 3 3/16″
  • Volume: 79 Liters
  • Nose – 18 5/8″
  • Tail – 16 1/4″


Cruiser Performance Longboard

  • Length: 9’1”
  • Width: 22 3/4”
  • Thickness: 3 1/8”
  • Volume: 72.9 Liters
  • Fin set-up: 4+1
  • Length: 9’5”
  • Width: 23”
  • Thickness: 3 3/8”
  • Volume: 87 Liters
  • Fin set-up: 4+1

Diamond Drive Performance

  • Length: 9’1”
  • Width: 22 ¼”
  • Thickness: 2 7/8”
  • Volume: 67.1 Liters
  • Fin set-up: 2+1
  • Length: 9’4”
  • Width: 23”
  • Thickness: 3 1/16”
  • Volume: 76 Liters
  • Fin set-up: 2+1

HIHP Performance Longboard

  • Length: 9’1”
  • Width: 21 7/8”
  • Thickness: 2 13/16”
  • Volume: 61.4 Liters
  • Fin set-up: 4+1

How to Hayden Shapes

We recently ran into a blog post by Hayden Shapes and we thought you’d like to check it out which we posted below. We carry the SolarRez for EPS and Poly. It’s really easy to work with. One very cool thing with the SolarRez is if you place it out in the sun for half the cure time and bring it back into an area without any UV light it will stop curing and it becomes like a rubber material. What’s useful about this is you can use a razor blade to shape it, then stick it back out in the sun and let the UV finish hardening the SolarRez….We hope that small tip will help with nose and tail dings. Well below is the post from Hayden Surf.

December 21 2016

Guide: Quick Board Repair On The Run