TYLER WRIGHT EARNS BACK-TO-BACK WINS AT OI RIO WOMEN’S PRO
– WSL CHAMPIONS WRIGHT & GILMORE SHARE FRONTRUNNER SPOT HEADING INTO FIJI
– RUNNER-UP DEFAY MOVES TO 4TH ON RANKINGS, READY TO DEFEND FIJI EVENT TITLE
Sunday, May 14, 2017 (Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro/BRAZIL) – Tyler Wright (AUS) claimed victory today 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 celebrated Praia de Itaúna in Saquarema.
Wright’s victory today is her first of the 2017 season and third in Rio de Janeiro (2013, 2016, 2017), which earns her a place in the record books alongside Australian legend Pauline Menczer for tied wins at this event. In addition, the feat boosts Wright to the top of the Jeep Leaderboard. The Reigning WSL Champion will now share the coveted Jeep Leader Jersey with six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) heading into the OK Fiji Pro.
“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!”
Wright surfed through every heat of the Oi Rio Women’s Pro to defend her event title against a tough field of competitors, including 2017 World Title contender Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the Semifinals and Defay in the Final.
“This has been a good week,” continued Wright. “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.”
Oi Rio Women’s Pro Final Results:
1 –Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.17
2 – Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.20
Oi Rio Women’s Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1:Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.33 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.37
SF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.87 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.77
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