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Owen Wright wins Quiksilver Pro

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Owen Wright is back in business. The tall Australian defeated Matt Wilkinson in the finals of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 14.66 to 13.50, thus completing his miraculous return to form. “I couldn’t have done it without all the support of my friends, family, partner and my little baby boy,” Wright told the media following the win.

The former—and once again—title contender will be wearing the yellow jersey as the World Number One at the next stop at the Margaret River in Western Australia.

Wright, 27, hadn’t surfed competitively since December 2015, when he was unfortunately injured warming up for the Pipe Masters in Hawaii, where he sustained a TBI, and suffered concussion-like symptoms for more than a year.

After being cleared earlier this year by his doctor and WSL physicians, Owen got his feet wet at the QS in Newcastle in February, and then subsequently accepted a WSL wildcard spot to the 2017 CT. So roughly 15 months after suffering a life-threatening injury, with questions if Owen would ever regain his former surf form, the lanky Australian stands on top of the world.

“I think it was the start of February—I was sitting in the doctor’s office and there were question marks on the year,” Wright told local news after the victory. “So to be sitting here right now, we just pushed hard and went hard and confronted every fear of getting back into it. There were a lot of questions of getting back into the sport and back into pretty much what took me out and could have taken me out forever. I just kept going and kept doing it.”

Mick Fanning All in on CT for 2017

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Our friends at WSL caught up with legendary surfer and 3x World Champion Mick Fanning on his return to the Championship Tour full-time after taking a break from the 2016 season.

“2015 was a tough year,” Fanning told WSL. “A lot happened to me on camera and in my personal life. I just felt exhausted by the end of it. Fortunately, I was in a position to step away from the Tour and have some time to myself. I ended up doing a few events and qualifying which was great because I didn’t want to take the wildcard off of Bede [Durbidge] or Owen [Wright]. I’m coming into 2017 seeded 18th which will be a change for me.”

For the full interview, head here.

Dragon’s Detail Collection of Sunglasses- New for Spring 2016

Check out this fun video of Dragon’s young guns Evan Geiselman, Colt Ward, and Taylor Clark as they wander around in the new Detail Collection from Dragon. With designs that merge style and substance, the new Detail Collection from Dragon offers four unique, Italian-made frames built on premium details and clean, classic good looks. Sure, they look like fun but these are serious sunglasses. Blending these classic elements with Dragon’s design language and the input of their exceedingly stylish surf team, the Detail Collection frames emerge as fresh and modern with an elevated aesthetic. Styles include the Marquis, Monarch, Liege, and Count in stores spring ’16.

Mick Triumphs at Trestles

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…and sets himself up for a run at a fourth World Title race.

Mick Fanning Wins the 2015 Hurley ProAfter winning the Hurley Pro at Lowers over the weekend and unseating Adriano De Souza from the top spot in the process, long-time Dragon athlete Mick Fanning has once again secured his place as the number one surfer in the world. With only three events remaining on the 2015 WSL calendar, Mick is gaining momentum as the World Title race heats up.

Complementing his yellow jersey, Mick can be seen in the Marquis sunglass from Dragon’s top-selling H2O Floatable Collection. With durable, impact-resistant Performance Polar lenses and a lightweight injected-moulded frame made to float in water, Dragon’s H2O Floatable Collection sunglasses are the perfect accompaniment to the fast-approaching summer season – ensuring you never again lose your shades off the boat, in the ocean, lake, or river.

A Behind The Scenes Look at Mick Fanning’s JBay Shark Attack

By now, the world has all heard about the infamous shark attack on Mick Fanning at J Bay which happened live on the WSL webcast and spread like wildfire around the world.  Mick and Julian were true heroes that day and we are thankful that everyone is safe and sound.  This #Tournotes video shows the behind the scenes moments and emotions around the incident and help us get an understanding of the impact this will have on them for the rest of their lives.

As Mick has been quoted saying, “To walk away from a shark attack with not a scratch on you, it’s a miracle really. You just count your lucky stars.”  

Dragon’s Alejo Muniz takes win at Balito Pro

Congratulations Alejo Muniz on your win at the Balito Pro and taking over the pole position on the WSL qualifying series! It couldn’t have happened to a more committed and nice guy. “I want to dedicate this trophy to my brother because he’s the one that is pushing me and he’s an amazing person, so I just try to be like him, a good person and really focus on surfing,” says Alejo. The Marquis sunglass is a favorite of Muniz, to check it out click here.

Dragon Rider Alejo Muniz Wins The Ballito Pro 2015

Dragon Launches Cross Performance XP Collection

Dragon XP Cross Performance Collection Sunglasses With Adaptive Technology

Designed for exploration, adventure, and all types of outdoor action, Dragon’s new Cross Performance XP Collection with Adaptive Technology delivers new levels of all-sport performance & adaptability without sacrificing style. The key to this new collection is Adaptive Technology, engineered by Dragon for instant adaptability through function-focused features like interchangeable lenses and temples as well as floatable frames. Finally you can wear one pair of shades for everything and adapt instantly on land, water, and snow.

For anything in and around the water, the WatermanX & SeafarerX features Adaptive Technology in the interchangeable Aqua Leash system for secure fit and floatable frames to reduce the risk of loss. Each sunglass also comes with our Performance Lens Technology which has injected polar tints with mirror coating, 5x more impact resistance than standard polycarbonate lenses, and provides maximum protection from sun UV and corrosional elements such as salt water, sunblock, and fish guts. Perfect for fishing, paddling, and all watersport activities, these glasses deliver the features to enhance your experience.

For land-based action ranging from mountain biking to trail running, the EnduroX offers specialized features that adapt to any condition for increased vision, protection, and durability. With adjustable nose bridge and temples for the perfect fit, a ventilated lens system, and a lightweight frame, these sunglasses are made for activity. One of the select styles of the EnduroX also comes with light-sensitive Transitions® lenses designed to maintain optimum light levels in all conditions.

For those who like to spend time in the mountains or on the snow, the MountaineerX features interchangeable C-temples for secure fit, leather side shields to block reflective glare, and a rope lanyard system that reduces risk of loss. The Performance Lenses come with mirror tints for various light conditions, have 100% UV protection, are impact resistant up to 5x that of standard polycarbonate lenses, and have hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings that protect your lenses from the elements.

Built on over 20 years of eyewear innovation and Dragon’s roots in performance, the Cross Performance XP Collection with patented Adaptive Technology marks the brand’s dedication to the outdoor category. Whether your passions lead to adventure on land, sea, or snow, the Cross Performance XP Collection is Made For This.

Owen Wright Makes History Winning Fiji Pro

Owen Wright’s brilliant performance at the Fiji Pro could not have been scripted any better. In perfect eight- to ten-foot surf at the infamous Cloudbreak, Wright cruised to his first world tour victory since 2011.

“It’s a dream come true,” sighed a bewildered Wright from the channel after the spray has settled.

Posting two perfect 10-point rides in Round 5 of the contest, Wright found himself in very distinguished company as one of only five surfers to have ever logged a perfect heat. But he wasn’t done. Fighting his way to the final, the powerful goofy-footer was clearly on a roll. Already in firm control of the final, in the dying minutes he locked into two more perfect 10-point rides. It’s the first time in the history of professional surfing that someone has tallied two perfect heat scores in one contest.

Wright now sits ranked third on the WSL ratings, right in front of fellow Dragon team member Mick Fanning. Both are within striking distance of the 2015 WSL World Title and are looking to make a strong push as the season hits the halfway point.

Dragon Rider Owen Wright With The 2015 Fiji Pro Trophy

Wright has been a part of the Dragon family since his early days and has helped provide inspiration and design feedback for our award winning sunglass line. He has his own signature sunglass color ways in the Jam and Remix styles and was a key inspiration in the development of the H20 Floatable Collection, which has revolutionized sunglasses for those who live their lives in and around the water.

Mick Fanning rings the bell as he wins win Rip Curl Pro

A huge congratulations to Mick Fanning on claiming his fourth WSL Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach title. Coming down to the wire, for the first time in WSL history the final finished in a tie and was ultimately decided on a count back with Fanning holding the highest single wave score for the final heat.

“Bells is a special place for me and it’s the first event I ever came to as a kid. The support and the crowds here are always amazing,” said Fanning after being chaired up the beach wearing the Dragon Marquis sunglasses. “Every time I paddle out I just want to do my best, throw myself into it and not have any regrets. Today is the first time a CT Final has ever been tied, which is radical.”

279c1ce7-5b99-4d5b-978e-f39af82228cdFanning’s win ties Mark Richards and Kelly Slater with the most career victories at Bells Beach in the esteemed event’s 50-plus year history. It also marks his 20th career WSL victory, tying three-time World Champion Andy Irons.

“I’d never put myself in a category with MR (Mark Richards), Kelly Slater and Andy Irons,” said Fanning. “Those guys are my heroes. MR is a god, Kelly is a king and Andy is forever, it’s awesome.”

After the first two events of the 2015 WSL season, Fanning now shares the number one ranking, putting himself in a very good position to contend for his fourth World Title.

The New Shadow Collection for 2015

Elevating expectations for a lifestyle sunglass, Dragon introduces the new Shadow Collection for 2015. Consisting of three bold silhouettes – the DS1, DS2 and Mansfield – the Shadow Collection takes design cues from Dragon’s award winning Frameless Lens Technology with a unique shield lens that creates a sleek, sophisticated aesthetic. This is combined with hand-made, Italian crafted frames and the assurance of the premium quality Dragon is known for. The name aside, this distinctive collection is for those looking to set themselves apart from the crowd.Owen Wright DS2

Many of Dragon’s top athletes like Owen Wright have been wearing the styles in this new collection.  To see the Shadow Collection in person, check out one of our fine retail partners near you or go online to www.DragonAlliance.Com.