With throngs of Gold Coast surf fans lining the point, Tyler Wright pulled a win out of thin air at Snapper Rocks in the waning seconds of the Roxy Pro final against Sally Fitzgibbons. As the clock ticked down, with Sally Fitzgibbons holding priority, Wright scratched into a prayer of a peak that lined up on the inside. Wright disassembled it for a 9.20, enough to overcome Sally Fitzgibbons’ pocket 8.33s for the lead. Wright was mobbed by her entire family in the shallows, and rightfully chaired to the podium without touching a grain of dry sand. “Sally came straight out with those 8.33s,” said Wright, “then with 30 seconds to go I got one, it held that inside line, and I was like, ‘yew, this is going to be sick.’”
“I’m speechless now,” she added. “I had such an up-and-down season last year, I can’t believe it. This is what I worked so hard for. My whole family is here, my brothers and sisters were cheering me on…they’ve all been there since day one. In the moment right now, I’m loving it.”
With the banks rising to the occasion around the rocks at Snapper, the Semis and Final were held in front of a packed stretch of sand and sandstone on the point. The girls knocked out Rounds 1-4 down the beach at Rainbow Bay early in the week, got through the Quarters midweek in tough conditions around the bend at Kirra, and returned to the peak at Snapper for the Finals on a postcard day with some long overdue sunshine on the Gold Coast. The rain was incessant all week, and the waves fickle, but the quality of surfing by the Top 17 over the course of the event was an early indicator for how entertaining the 2013 Women’s Tour will be.
Wright upset Steph Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons defeated Carissa Moore in the Semis, which were stacked with the top-4 ranked female surfers on Tour. The win nets her $15K and an obvious boost for a potential world title in 2013. Wright finished fourth in the Women’s World Title rankings in 2012.
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