ON TRACK: World champion Tyler Wright in action during the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach at the weekend. Wright is through to the quarter-finals.
ON TRACK: World champion Tyler Wright in action during the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach at the weekend. Wright is through to the quarter-finals. Ed Sloane

Bell tolls for Tyler and she looks Wright on track

FORMER Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright will compete in the quarter- finals of the Rip Curl Women's Pro at Bells Beach in Victoria.

Wright won five events last year on the way to claiming her first world championship but has never won at Bells Beach.

She made the final of the Margaret River Pro earlier this month after a quarter- final appearance at the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast in March.

Wright posted an outstanding 17 (out of a possible 20) two-wave combined score in the first round at Bells Beach and continued to showcase her flair with an 18.47 in the third round.

"You still have to be relatively selective with the waves that we take but because it is consistent, you can afford to try a few different things in a heat, which is nice,” Wright said.

"I haven't won this event before so it's definitely a goal, but at the moment I'm focusing on smaller goals and will deal with bigger ones when I arrive at them.

"I've had a lot of real-life pressure situations recently, so I feel a lot less pressure when surfing heats.

"It definitely helps and has given me perspective.

"So many legends of this sport, past and present, have held up the Bell here and that's what makes it so special.

"I've been coming here for years since I was a kid so am really comfortable here and have some great memories.

"It's a really unique wave so I try to keep it simple with my surfing, just a couple of big turns and a solid finish and I think that's what will get me scores.”

Meanwhile, older brother Owen Wright won his third- round heat against Bede Durbidge.

Wright won the Quik- silver Pro on the Gold Coast after missing all of last year with a head injury.

Lennox Head surfer Stu Kennedy was eliminated in the second round of the men's event yesterday.



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