Tyler savours surfing success despite missing out on crown
TYLER Wright is savouring her "incredible" surfing season despite narrowly missing out on World Championship success.
The Lennox Head surfer's dreams of taking this year's Association of Surfing Professionals International crown, ended when she was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the season's final event in Portugal.
Wright's exit meant title rival Carissa Moore took the 2013 top spot - a status the Hawaiian confirmed by later winning the competition.
Nineteen-year-old Wright paid tribute to Moore for her battling efforts this year - and said she is already looking forward to next year's contest.
"It's been an incredible year for me," she said.
"Huge congrats to Carissa (Moore). She is an amazing surfer and has pushed me a lot this season.
"The talent level on tour at the moment is so high, and the platform we're going to have in 2014 is really exciting."
Wright went into the EDP Cascais Girls Pro event needed a strong performance to overhaul Moore and seal the title.
Those hopes were dashed after she lost out to fellow Aussie Sally Fitzgibbon in the last eight.
It has still been a year to remember for Wright, who has established herself as one of the world's top women surfers, despite her tender years.
After claiming victory at the contest, at Guincho Beach on Portugal's Atlantic coastline, Moore also hailed Wright's "fearless" showing this year.
"This title is much sweeter as it was so close with Tyler," she said.
"She's so young, but so strong and fearless when it comes to competition.
"She pushed me to work my hardest this year."
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