Rip Curl's Tyler Wright Wins Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro; Moves to #1 in the World!
BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio De Janeiro/Brazil (Saturday, May 11, 2013) – Rip Curl's Tyler Wright (AUS), 19, has defeated Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 22, in a high-scoring final of 17.80 to 15.67 to win the Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro in peaky two-to-three foot waves, simultaneously taking the frontrunner position on the 2013 ASP Women's World Championship Tour (WCT).
Wright dominated the Barra Da Tijuca lineup from start to finish, posting the high scores of each round with incredible progressive combinations on the punchy righthanders. The Australian's efforts against Fitzgibbons in the Final were no different, as Wright unloaded committed forehand combinations and was rewarded a 9.33 and 8.50 to secure the win.
"This feels pretty good," Wright said. "This whole event has been stepping stones for me. I started off a bit shaky and this is my first even where my family is not here with me. Brooke Farris was here looking after me and thanks to everyone for all of their support. After I lost that Round 3 heat I just wanted to catch waves and I stayed busy from then on. It's just the way it worked out. I just love catching waves. I just kept building and building and I wouldn't want it any other way. This is just fantastic to come to Rio, I love it."
Wright's victory in Rio marks her second of the season following a win on the Gold Coast and the two victories combined with two additional runner up finishes have launched Wright to the No.1 position over Carissa Moore (HAW), 20. "It's awesome to move to the top of the rankings, but I'm honestly not thinking about the World Title," Wright said. "I'm just having fun surfing and enjoying each event and we'll see what happens at the end of the year."