GOOD RIDE: Owen Wright surfing in the semi-final of the Billabong Pro in Tahiti yesterday.
GOOD RIDE: Owen Wright surfing in the semi-final of the Billabong Pro in Tahiti yesterday. Kelly Cestari/WSL

Wright time for Owen to be No 1 in World Championship Tour

FORMER Lennox Head surfer Owen Wright is close to taking the No 1 ranking on the World Championship Tour.

Wright is currently ranked third and needed a runner-up finish or better to take top spot on the final day of the Billabong Pro in Tahiti yesterday.

He finished equal third after he was eliminated in the semi-finals against reigning world champion Gabriel Medina.

The Brazilian scored 16.63 while Wright struggled with an 8.70.

Earlier, Wright beat Italo Ferreira with a 16.93 in the quarter-finals.

French surfer Jeremy Flores went on to beat Medina in the final.

Adrian de Souza is currently world number one while three-time champion Mick Fanning is just ahead of Wright in second.

"I wasn't even thinking about the ratings lead," Wright said. "I was just revelling in getting another heat at Teahupo'o, especially with my good friend Gabriel (Medina).

"I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get through that one.

"There were two waves I fell off on that would have given me the score but that's the way it goes.

"I'm more than happy with that result and we're coming into a fun leg of the tour."

Wright registered two perfect heats when he won the Fiji Pro in June.

He started his campaign at Tahiti last week with two nine point rides.

The competition was on hold for several days before it resumed on Monday.

Lennox Head surfer Adam Melling was eliminated in the second round.

"Jeremy Flores was saying the conditions were dangerous (while the competition was on hold) and I had to agree with him," Wright said.

"It's so shallow and every time you take off you could see the reef."

There are events in America, France and Portugal before the Billabong Pipe Masters in December.