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Owen Wright Double-Violates Byron Bay Convention: Wears Legrope & Surfs Thruster!

The zoo in cahoots.

elsewhere // Feb 19, 2023
Words by Ethan Davis
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

In a shocking ironic twist, Owen Wright has been labeled ‘alternative’ after being the only surfer spotted wearing a legrope during the recent run of East swell at Byron Bay’s premier wave ‘The Pass’.  

Only weeks after former professional surfer Matthew Cassidy nearly lost his arm to the fin of a stray log, the 4x CT winner was found minimizing pointless risk to others, proudly brandishing his O&E leash as he strung together multiple silky top turns at the famous sand-bottomed point break.

‘So unnecessary… he is an Olympian,’ said one cordless learner who felt ‘gaslit’ by the professional’s failure to comply with local custom. 

Others were more supportive of his decision to wear the leash, such as local hipster Timothy who offered the following insight: ‘I typically go left when everyone goes right… so I stand by Owen’s decision to wear a leash on super busy cyclone swells. It’s not that I think ocean safety should be a priority for everyone — eww. I will just literally say anything provocative to appear more interesting’.

Blue-sky thinking.

You can read Derek Hynd’s anti-legrope rationale here – unlike this article, his point is not satirical.


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