Mikey Wright takes down WSL champion John John Florence

Riding high: Mikey Wright competing in the World Surf League event on the Gold Coast on Tuesday. Picture: WSL/Ed Sloane
Riding high: Mikey Wright competing in the World Surf League event on the Gold Coast on Tuesday. Picture: WSL/Ed Sloane

Sister Tyler has the two world titles. 

Brother Owen the perfect 10s and inspirational return from a career and life-threatening head injury. 

Now Mikey Wright has made his own mark on the World Surf League tour, rolling defending champion John John Florence in the Gold Coast event on Tuesday. 

With the wild mullet, Mikey has been a feature on the tour as a support to his famous siblings, but has hit a rich vein of surfing form, with recent success at the Australian Boardriders Battle final and Newcastle Surfest Qualifying Series 6000 event.

“Obviously, coming up against the World Champion is going to be tough but anyone on the CT is going to be really tough, so I just wanted to go out and surf my own heat and just work on getting the best waves,” Wright said. 

“The waves are really fun so I can’t wait to get back out there and do what I love to do.” 

Florence was full of praise for Wright in defeat, after managing just 10.76 in response to the South Coast qualifiers 15.10.

“Mikey [Wright] is such a great surfer and he really surfed well in that heat,” Florence said.

“His wave choice was so good. Every time I would pull off a wave, he’d be right behind me on a bigger, better wall.

“You win some and lose some, and I’ll still take a lot from that heat and work on that heading into the next couple of events.”

Gerroa’s Sally Fitzgibbons has made it through to the semi-finals of the women’s competition, after Tyler Wright bowed out to Lakey Petersen in the quarters.