Wright, 21, tops 10-time champ Slater to win New York surfing event - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Sports

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Posted: Saturday, September 10, 2011 12:01 am | Updated: 12:57 am, Sat Sep 10, 2011.

Owen Wright beat 10-time world champion Kelly Slater in the final round to win the Quiksilver Pro New York in Long Island, N.Y., on Friday.

Wright, a 21-year-old Australia native, won the $300,000 first-place prize in the inaugural event. He also moved up to No. 2 in the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) world rankings behind the 39-year-old Slater.

Hurricane Katia produced 3- to 5-foot waves for competition Friday. Wright and Slater defeated Taj Burrow and Alejo Muniz, respectively, in the semifinals.

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