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Update: Owen Wright’s Brain Injury!

Derek Rielly

by Derek Rielly

Has first surf since accident. "Funny thing is, I couldn't get to my feet," he says.

Do you remember when Owen Wright suffered a concussion in December? It was a hell of a business. Rated fifth in the world at the time and a world title contender, he gets cleaned up by a set, comes out of the water, walks up to the Rip Curl house, can’t speak, and is rushed to hospital.

“It was pretty scary,” said the current world number one, Matt Wilkinson. 

Owen hasn’t surfed, and has barely been seen, since. Rumours swirl, none confirmed. The door to his condition remains shut. Is the brain injury worse than first thought? Has his career evaporated? Is he floundering or flourishing under treatment?

 i couldn’t get to my feet. So I just layed there. It was about knee high and the drop was.. well there was none but it felt like I was dropping into 10ft teahupoo.

When Owen’s sister Tyler won the WSL event at Snapper Rocks, the door was prised open a little, a thin-looking Owen weeping and embracing his sister.

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A few minutes ago, Owen revealed on Instagram that he’d just taken his first surf since the accident, with the help of his dazzling girlfriend, Kita Alexander. 

“Sharing my journey – I went for my first surf a couple days ago. It was the funnest thing in the world. Funny thing is… i couldn’t get to my feet. So I just layed there. It was about knee high and the drop was.. well there was none but it felt like I was dropping into 10ft teahupoo. I finished the wave and I was so stoked I let out a hoot and claimed it and high fived kita.”

“5 mins later I was on the beach and started to think about what I actually did and started comparing it to what I used to be like or what everybody else was doing out there… and started to question why cant i….this I found started to ruin my experience and change how I really felt.

“It made me realise that ……self improvement is necessary but to focus on camparison of what used to be, what others can do or why you’re not good enough is detrimental to the now; negative emotion in your self will hinder improvement and happiness.Simple statement …. challenging to practice.”

Brain injuries. The over-fatigued senses, the lethargy, the memory spots, the tiredness, the disillusionment, the continual shrugs from medical virtuosos.

Who knows ’em better than snowboarders?

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