Courtney Conlogue lost out in her semifinal heat against last year’s world champ Carissa Moore by only less than three-tenths of a point, securing Wright’s very first world title.
Moore eventually beat Wright in the final later. But Wright took a bit of a victory lap, taking off switch stance on waves as an ode to her brother, Owen, and wearing his jersey number.
Wright becomes the first surfer since 2006 not named Stephanie Gilmore or Carissa Moore to win the women’s world title. The 22-year-old Wright started off the year strong with a victory at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, and continued to win three other events throughout the season.
Conlogue and Wright battled all season long, winning six of the nine women’s contests to date. Conlogue comes up just short again this year, as she fought all the way to the last event in 2015 with eventual world title winner Carissa Moore.
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It was a scene of disbelief and utter joy on the beach when Conlogue’s score was announced as not be enough to beat Moore. As Wright told Peter Mel after the confirmation, “It feels pretty good. A lot of hours have gone into this. And a lot of fun.”
“There are a lot of reasons I set out to win a world title this year, a lot of reasons I didn’t mention to the public. Last year was such a hectic year, I lost an uncle and this was his last event he ever saw me compete in. Pretty much from that moment I promised him I would win a world title. And I did.”
Wright’s first world title comes in her 6th year on the Championship Tour. The younger sister of fellow Championship Tour competitor Owen Wright, Tyler was also the youngest surfer to ever win a CT event, at 14, back in 2008.
With Moore and Gilmore finally relinquishing their grips on the world title, Wright was finally able to break through after being so close every year since she came onto the CT full-time in 2011. The difference this year seemed to be her focus, and the coaching of former CT competitor Glenn Hall.
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