Tyler Wright Finishes Runner-up in a Heated 2013 ASP Women's World Championship Battle
Australian Tyler Wright (19, New South Wales) has finished runner-up after a heated ASP Women's World Championship Title race with 2 x ASP World Champion, Carissa Moore at the EDP Cascais Girls Pro at Guincho Beach, Portugal.
Wright has been charging all year with finals placings in each event on the ASP Women's World Championship Tour and today, she was narrowly defeated in the quarter finals by Australian Sally Fitzgibbons.
"I'm happy," said Wright after her quarter final finish, "I don't feel like I lost. No matter what happened or what the final result was, I was always going to feel like that. This year has been about being myself and enjoying surfing. Second is my best result and I've had a great year. Time to go dancing!"
Leading up to today's result, Wright cruised through the earlier heats of the Cascais Girls Pro in excellent surf conditions. Needing an 8.81, Wright was unable to get the wave or the score in the final minutes of her quarter final heat.
In 2008, at just 14 years of age, Tyler Wright announced herself to the surfing world with a stunning wildcard win at the Beachley Classic ASP World Tour event. In doing so, Wright became the youngest ever event winner in the history of professional surfing.
Two years later, still only 16 and again as a wildcard, Wright won the O'Neill Women's World Cup at Hawaii's famous Sunset Beach, en route to graduating to the ASP World Championship Tour ranking third on the World Qualifying Series. Over this time, Wright also composed one of the most successful junior surfing resumés Australia has ever seen, but all with the bigger stage in mind. Once in the major leagues Wright collected 2011 ASP Rookie Of The Year honours finishing fourth in the world in her first season and again matched this result in 2012 to announce herself as a genuine world title threat.
In 2013 Wright took her game to the next level, storming out of the gates with a win at the season opening Roxy Pro. Wright then made the final at the next two events at Margaret River and the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, losing both times to the woman who would become her biggest rival for the 2013 ASP World Title, Carissa Moore. A win in Brazil and another final finish in France for Wright saw the pair enter Portugal neck and neck in the race for the title, the crown essentially going to Carissa Moore who finished higher in the final stop of 8 events.
Although the WCT has concluded until 2014, Wright will keep herself busy and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. In November, she will join fellow Rip Curl team-mates Alana Blanchard, Bethany Hamilton and Nikki van Dijk as they welcome people of all ages to get active and surf their way into the Australian summer with the Rip Curl 'My Bikini Tour.' More information is available at ripcurl.com.au/mybikinitour.
On behalf of Rip Curl and the surfing world, congratulations to Tyler Wright on her fantastic result for 2013.
Tyler's 2013 ASP Women's World Championship Tour results:
- 1 1st - Roxy Pro – Gold Coast, Australia
- 2 2nd - Drug Aware Pro – Margaret River, Australia
- 3 2nd - Rip Curl Pro – Bells Beach, Australia
- 4 9th - TSB Bank Surf Festival – Taranaki, New Zealand
- 5 1st - Colgate Plax Pro – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 6 3rd - Vans US Open of Surfing – Huntington Beach, USA
- 7 2nd - Roxy Pro – South West Coast, France
- 8 5th - EDP Cascais Girls Pro – Cascais, Portugal
Tyler's Best career results:
- 2013: 2nd, Roxy Pro France (WCT)
- 2013: 1st, Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro (WCT)
- 2013: 1st, Roxy Pro Gold Coast (WCT)
- 2012: 4th Overall, Women's ASP World Tour
- 2012: 2nd, Roxy Pro – Cote de Basque, France (WCT)
- 2011: 4th Overall, ASP Women's World Tour
- 2011: 2nd, Roxy Pro Gold Coast (WCT)
- 2010: 1st, O'Neill Women's World Cup – Sunset Beach (WCT)
- 2010 Triple Crown Rookie of the Year
- 2010: Qualifies for the Women's ASP World Tour
- 2010: 1st, Oakley World Pro Junior – Bali
- 2010: Gold Medal, ISA World Junior Championships (Under-18)
- 2009: 2nd Overall, ASP Pro Junior Series
- 2009: 1st, Billabong Pro Junior
- 2009: Gold Medal, Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships (Under-18)
- 2009: U/18 NSW State Title
- 2009: U/18 Australian National Title
- 2008: 1st, Beachley Classic (at 14 years old)
- 2008: 1st, U/16 Australian title