A fired-up Wright racked up a near-perfect total in the final to claim her second world tour win of the year after her first-up victory in the Roxy Pro last month. She has provided further evidence of a changing of the guard at the pinnacle of women’s surfing with a dominant victory over Courtney Conlogue in the final of the Margaret River Pro.
It was Wright’s second victory of the year, although 23-year-old Conlogue retains the overall leader’s yellow jersey heading into next month’s fourth stop on the World Surf League (WSL) tour in Brazil. Wright is chasing hard in second spot.
The pair have put a sizeable gap on the chasing pack including defending world champ Carissa Moore (third) and Australian Stephanie Gilmore (fifth), who have had a shared stranglehold on the previous nine world titles.
“Every wave I had felt dreamy, and I was stoked because I didn’t hit the reef on any of them, so that was a double bonus.” said Wright who dedicated the win to her close-knit family and brother Owen who is recovering from a head injury sustained in a wipeout in Hawaii last year.
Wright took command early in Friday’s final at Margaret River and never let Conlogue back into the contest.
The Australian had two huge nine-point rides as she won 18.67-14.70.
“I knew Courtney was dropping nines in every heat so I had to be smart and very selective in what kind of waves and turns I had and not get too excited,” said Wright, whose best ride of the final included a spectacular barrel.
WOMEN’S WSL STANDINGS AFTER THREE OF 10 EVENTS
1. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 26,000 points
2. Tyler Wright (Aus) 25,200
3. Carissa Moore (Haw) 19,500
4. Tatiana Weston-Webb (Haw) 18,200
5. Stephanie Gilmore (Aus) 15,600
6. Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) 14,950