‘Bridesmaid’ eyes world title
FORMER Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright played the bridesmaid once again when she was beaten in the final of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria.
It was the second consecutive World Championships Tour event that Wright had finished runner-up to current world champion Carissa Moore.
It was also the second year in a row Moore had beaten Wright in the Bells Beach event.
Moore won the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia earlier this month.
She was also crowned 2013 world champion ahead of Wright.
"I was stoked to be in another final with Tyler," Moore said.
"Tyler is an amazing competitor; she has been so strong this year and is looking a definite world title contender."
Wright started her day with a win in the semi-final against five-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore.
She registered an impressive 17.77 (out of a possible 20) with Gilmore only managing 13.77.
Wright came close to winning her first WCT event of the season against Moore in the final.
Moore had just enough class to finish ahead on 16.23 with Wright forced to settle for a 15.77.
Meanwhile, it took another world champion to eliminate elder brother Owen Wright from the men's competition.
Wright was beaten by Gold Coast surfer Mick Fanning in the quarter-finals.
He beat Hawaiian surfer Freddy Patacchia junior earlier in the morning.
Lennox Head surfer Adam Melling was also eliminated in the fifth round.
He was beaten by surfing legend and multiple world champion Kelly Slater.