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Surfing: Tyler Wright wins Roxy Pro

Surfing: Tyler Wright wins Roxy Pro
Tyler Wright of Australia (pictured) winning her Quarterfinal heat against Stephanie Gilmore, to advance into the Semifinals of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast on Tuesday March 15, 2016. PHOTO CREDIT: © WSL/ Cestari SOCIAL MEDIA TAG: @kc80 @wslThis is a hand-out image from the World Surf League and is royalty free for editorial use only, no commercial rights granted. The copyright is owned by World Surf League. Sale or license of the images is prohibited. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

PHOTO CREDIT: © WSL/ Cestari

Australian Tyler Wright won the 2016 Roxy Pro, Gold Coast Women’s Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour #1 in Queensland, Australia.

The 21-year-old scored 14.67 points out of 20 in Wednesday’s Roxy Pro final at Snapper Rocks, beating American Courtney Conlogue by 3.73 points in a dominant display. This is the second Gold Coast title for Wright (2014).

In addition to picking up 10,000 first place points, Wright will receive a $60,000 check.

The final match-up of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast saw Tyler Wright (AUS) battle Courtney Conlogue (USA) in an epic clash. Wright looked smooth and powerful, claiming a win at the first event of the season and climbing the Jeep Leaderboard ranks to earn the top spot. Throughout the competition, Wright stayed focused and committed, winning each heat leading up to the Final. Today was the 10th match-up for Wright and Conlogue, adding a 7th win to Wright’s tally.

Wright and Conlogue went wave for wave to start the heat, but Wright continued to outperform her previous wave scores to give her a control halfway through the Final. Wright showcased her powerful rail-to-rail surfing, with a clean and precise rhythm. Wright landed a 14.67 over Conlogue’s 10.94 to give Wright her second Roxy Pro Gold Coast Title. Wright will wear the yellow jersey going into Bells. This was Conlogue’s highest finish at this event, as it was her first Finals appearance on the Gold Coast.

“The last few months and everything that has happened, it has been such an experience and a crazy one. It brought so much clarity for me and simplified everything so I could come here and absolutely be my best on the day. It made me realize that I want to win a World Title and I want to do it my way.”

“I want to verse the best, and Steph (Gilmore), Carissa (Moore), Courtney (Conlogue) and all the girls on Tour, they are all the best. I just want to do my own thing. I’ve known for a long time that I could win and it is having that belief and going out in heats saying ‘Yes, you’ve got this – just get it done.’”

 

 


Tyler Wright and Carissa Moore face off in Semifinal 1 of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.

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