Tyler Wright raises her first trophy of the season
By Margaux Gazel
“It is sick to be sharing the Jeep Leader Jersey with Steph [Gilmore],” said Wright. “It is going to be a good year. It has always been a part of my plan after the Australian leg to be in this position. I am feeling really good. It is cool to be working on stuff over the last year and put it into action. Thanks to everybody. I also want to wish my mom a Happy Mother’s Day!”
Tyler Wright (AUS) claimed victory yesterday (Sunday 14 of May 2017) at the Oi Rio Women’s Pro presented by Corona, the fourth stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), after defeating Johanne Defay (FRA) in an intense Final at the well-known Praia de Itaúna in Saquarema – Brazil.
The current World Champion is celebrating her first Victory of the year allowing her to return to the top rank, equalizing with Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). Tyler won the Oi Rio Pro for the second consecutive time and the 3rd time in her life (2017,2016,2013).
-WSL Poullenot- Tyler’s 13th victory in the CT
As powerful as always and more committed than ever, Tyler Wright left no chance for Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the semi-final (17.87 VS 13.77) neither to Johanne Defay in the final (17.17 VS 13.20).
During the final, Tyler came charging out of the waves with a 7.50 (out of maximum 10) on her opening exchange and quickly locked her position with a near-perfect 9.67 which put pressure on the French Johanne. Tyler had lots of great righthanders, she was looking extremely confident, we could see a total commitment on her surf; Tyler combined different manoeuvres, threw lots of big snaps with great speed and was making beautiful floats up on the lip.
At second place, Johanne Defay has been in the top spot since the start of the season and has moved from seventh to fourth place on the Jeep Leaderboard.
“The crew is absolutely amazing here at the moment. I have my brother Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson, Laura Enever, Fletchy Ryan Fletcher and Mick Fanning. I’ve put in a massive block of work before I came over, making sure that my backhand was where it needed to be. It is cool to be able to focus on performance and what I’ve actually got to do. I am psyched on that.” said Tyler.
Next Event: Outerknown Fiji Women's Pro, Fidji : 28 may - 2 june
› 1. Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Australia : Stephanie GILMORE (Aus)
› 2. Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, Australia : Sally FITZGIBBONS (Aus)
› 3. Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia : Courtney CONLOGUE (USA)
› 4. Oi Rio Women's Pro, Brazil (Saquarema) : Tyler WRIGHT (Aus)
› 5. Outerknown Fiji Women's Pro, Fidji : 28 mai - 2 juin
› 6. Vans US Open of Surfing, États-Unis (Californie) : 31 juillet - 6 août
› 7. Swatch Women's Pro Trestles, États-Unis (Californie) : 6 - 17 septembre
› 8. Cascais Women's Pro, Portugal : 27 septembre - 5 octobre
› 9. Roxy Pro France, France (Landes) : 7 - 18 octobre
› 10. Maui Women's Pro, Hawaii : 25 novembre - 6 décembre
2017 WSL Women’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Oi Rio Women’s Pro):
1 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 29,700 pts
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 29,700 pts
3 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 28,200 pts
4 – Johanne Defay (FRA) 23,000 pts
5 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 21,800 pts
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