Owen Wright withdraws from Pipe Masters with head injury

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.


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.