- World Surf League: Maui Women's Pro, Tyler Wright Claims Second World Surf League World Title
- Maui Women's Pro ran Round 3, 4, Quarterfinals at Honolua Bay in Hawaii on December 1st in five-to-seven foot (1.5 - 2.1 metre) swell.
Yesterday, after Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) left the event in Round 2, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Tyler Wright (AUS) and Courtney Conlogue (USA) got an opportunity to clinch World Title.
But, when Tyler Wright defeated wildcard Brisa Hennessy (HAW) in Quarterfinal, she took her second World Title of World Surf League. To date, multiple title holders were Stephanie Gilmore (6-time) and Carissa Moore (HAW) (3-time) among active surfers. Following them, Tyler Wright became multiple title holder.
This year, she won Oi Rio Women’s Pro and at 2nd place in Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, as well as 3rd place were 3 times - Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro and Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro. But she was injured her right knee in Portugal and finished 13th in Cascais Women's Pro. A week later, despite still be injuring her knee, she took the 3rd place in France.
After Quarterfinals, Tyler Wright said;
“Today was perfect. I was so excited to be in this event and excited to be in this position. I have just been having the best week and I cannot explain how much this week has meant to me. We’ve just had a sick team and everyone has been amazing. All through the year, there have been little ups-and-downs, but to be in this moment right now in the position -- I was happy before I won and I am just as happy now.
This year definitely had its challenges, but I do not look at them that way. It was such a time of learning and growing that I took so much more from it than the knee injury itself. This year has just been one where I could have bowed out a lot of times but chose not to. I wouldn't be here if it wasn’t for my team. They brought me back in from Portugal and the work they did in France was absolutely incredible. It is hard to explain how much they showed up and made sure I was in the right headspace to go out and compete and bring it to Maui in the end."
- She continued;
"It was not just one and done after winning last year. I decided in 2015 that I was going to win one every year and I want to hold true to that. Working with Glenn [Hall] over the last two years has been incredible. We have this long plan, and I plan to stick to it. Back-to-back is just a true testament to his dedication and the work he puts in non-stop. It takes a team to do this, so I want to thank him and everyone who has gotten me to this point in life. It is just nice to be here. Thank you.”
Tyler Wright’s 2017 WSL Championship Tour Results:
- Roxy Pro Gold Coast: 5th
- Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: 2nd
- Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: 3rd
- Oi Rio Women’s Pro: 1st
- Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro: 3rd
- Vans US Open of Surfing: 5th
- Swatch Pro at Trestles: 9th
- Cascais Women’s Pro: 13th
- Roxy Pro France: 3rd
- Maui Women’s Pro: TBD
Maui Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.57 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 14.20
QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.10 def. Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 9.40
QF 3: Malia Manuel (HAW) 16.67 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.63
QF 4: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 9.46 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 7.67
Maui Women’s Pro Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.00 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.67
Heat 2: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 15.83 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 9.34
Heat 3: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.94 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.53
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.90 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 4.00
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- source : World Surf League