Australian surfer Owen Wright has been forced to withdraw from the season-ending Pipeline Masters after suffering a head injury during a practice session.
Wright is said to have taken several 15-to-20 foot waves on the head during the session.
The impact of the waves reportedly caused a severe concussion, mild bleeding in the brain and limited mobility.
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Although a small chance, Wright was in the race to take out the world surfing title.
He remains in hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
It’s been a successful year for Wright with a win in Fiji and a third place finish in Tahiti, which saw him rise to 5th spot at the start of the Pipe event.
Round 1 of the Pipeline Masters is underway today.