Owen Wright eliminated from WSL main tour

Australian Owen Wright has been officially dropped from the World Surf League Championship Tour after Matthew McGillivray produced the goods at the Margaret River Pro on Wednesday.

Wright thought he had fallen victim to the new season cut after losing his third round heat on Tuesday in dire circumstances.

But the Olympic bronze medalist was given a glimmer of hope to sneak into the top 22 after a string of other results fell his way.

The dream run of results meant it all came down to McGillivray’s round of 16 fight with Brazilian Samuel Pupo on Wednesday, with Wright needing the South African to lose.

But McGillivray made a total of 14.50 in two waves to beat Pupo (10.74) and advance to the quarterfinals.

Wright was on the shore watching the heat and the disappointment on his face was evident as Pupo crashed trying to make an aerial move with only a minute left in the game.

If Wright is to regain his place on the Championship Tour, he will have to ride in the Challenger Series for the rest of the season and get some good results.

Wright will now talk to family before deciding whether to continue or retire.

Australian Ethan Ewing defeated Caio Ibelli to secure a spot in the quarter-finals, while Margaret River’s Jack Robinson produced a barrel ride en route to a high-scoring win over Barron Mamiya.

Two-time world champion John John Florence and Brazilian Italo Ferreira were among the big names to advance to the last eight.

Bells Beach winner Filipe Toledo lost 0.03 point to American Nat Young, while Australian Callum Robson was defeated by American Griffin Colapinto.

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