Examining the Anatomy of a Male Pro Surfer

Owen Wright 2010 Queensland Joliphotos.comNo, not that anatomy!

In honor of the last day of the 2013 US Open of Surfing taking place in Huntington Beach, CA July 20-28, 2013, let’s look at the height, weight, foot size, and arm length of one pro surfer, Australian Owen Wright.

If you are a “big” guy, can you still make it on the pro tour? If you are Owen Wright, yes. Let’s look at some stats, both physical and Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) world rankings.

Physical Statistics

Owen Wright height weight arm span etc.

(Indoek created this image above of “The Anatomy Of Owen Wright”.)

The impression I have is that most male pro surfers seem to be between 5’7″ and 5’9″ and weigh between 150-160 pounds. As you can see from Owen Wright’s statistics above, his height, weight, and arm span put him the league of U.S. football or basketball players. Yet, look at the snippet below of his ASP pro tour statistics.

ASP World Rankings

Owen Wilson Association of Surfing Professionals Statistics July 2013

The question then becomes, how has he succeeded when his physical stature might make him not suitable for pro surfing?

The video below examines that question.

I found this video entertaining. It was informative, and yet fun, too. I thought the authors created a brilliant video that merges science and information.

What do you think? Does physical stature always determine excellence in a particular sport? Would you like to be examined like a laboratory specimen?

Please let me know what you think....