- 09 March 2013 | Surfing
Tyler Wright has taken the 2013 Roxy Pro Gold Coast, after defeating Sally Fitzgibbons, in punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves, at the primary venue of Snapper Rocks.
The 18-year-old secured a wave in the dying moments and tore it apart for a 9.20 out of a possible 10, taking the heat lead and the win.
"I don-t even know what to say right now. I wasn-t even thinking out there. I was singing to myself and when I came in, my sister said ‘I was singing right along with you-. That little wave came in and hugged the bank and I just left it all on the wave. To get the score and the win like that, it-s incredible", said Wright.
"I-m not even thinking about the world title. I had a rough season last year and I took a good break over the offseason, got a motorbike and just relaxed".
Fitzgibbons was one of the form surfers of the event and transferred that form into the Final. However, the young South Coast surfer permitted Wright to take the heat-winning wave from under her priority, a mistake that would cost Fitzgibbons dearly.
"It-s a hard one to swallow when you lose like that. Tyler is such a strong surfer and she trains really hard and she pulled it out on that final wave so congrats to her", revealed Sally.
The next stop on the 2013 ASP Women-s World Championship Tour (WCT) is the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia from March 16 - 24, 2013.
2013 Roxy Pro Gold Coast Final:
1. Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.97
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.66