“Wow, I honestly at am a loss for words. It has been such an insane ride, and I’m not looking at this win as the end – it’s just the beginning – and it feels so, so good. Thank you so much to my crew.” - Tyler Wright
The win comes after the 23-year-old surfed a near perfect event at the Maui Women’s Pro, taking the lead in each and every heat she surfed, and stomping the highest scores of the day in the process.
Coming into the event the only sure-fire way for Tyler to win her second World Title was to win the entire event, but when her main competitors in the Title race went down in round two (Sally Fitzgibbons lost to Hawaiian wildcard Brisa Hennessy) and round four (Courtney Conlogue lost to Rip Curl’s Nikki van Dijk), it came down to Tyler winning her quarterfinal heat.
At around 3pm HST today, she did that – and officially became the 2017 WSL Women’s World Surfing Champion, successfully defending her 2016 World Title.
“We are so proud of Tyler,” says Neil Ridgway, Rip Curl’s Group Advertising and Marketing Chairman. “She has been with us since she was eight years old, and it has been so incredible to watch her grow and develop as a person, and of course, as an outstanding surfer and athlete.”
Congratulations Tyler Wright, 2017 and now 2 x WSL Women’s World Surfing Champion!