Breaking: Tyler Wright is the 2017 World Champion!

1 Dec 2017 0 Share

Photo: WSL/Cestari

Photo: WSL/Cestari

NEWS

Break out the fizzy drink and fairy bread because Tyler Wright has been crowned the 2017 WSL Women's World Champion after winning through to the semi-finals of the Women's Maui Pro at Honolua Bay, Hawaii today. Her quarter-final victory over young wildcard Brissa Hennessey put her point total beyond the reach of Australian Stephanie Gilmore and Hawaiian Carissa Moore, confirming Wright's second World Title, successfully defending her 2016 trophy.

STAY TUNED: A Sean Doherty World Title wrap-story will be published on Coastalwatch shortly.

There were five surfers that could have been crowned World Champ entering the final event of the 2017 Women's WSL Championship Tour, with Sally Fitzgibbons, Courtney Conlogue, Stephanie Gilmore, Carissa Moore and Tyler Wright all within mathematical and probable contention. However, fortune favoured Wright when ratings leader Sally Fitzgibbons lost her round 2 heat against wildcard Brisa Hennesey yesterday, and then Conlogiue lost in Round 3 to Nikki Van Dijk earlier today. Those results opened the possiblity of a Wright World Title won simply by making it through to the semi-finals. Which she did, and did with relative ease.

Wright is the first surfer to win back to back World Titles since Stephanie Gilmore defended her 2009 World Title in 2010.

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