Champ enjoys Hawaii ride
FORMER Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright can set up a fifth win of the season at the Maui Women's Pro in Hawaii this weekend.
Wright has already celebrated a maiden world title win when she made the final of the Roxy Pro in France last month.
She cruised through the first round of the Maui Pro by winning her heat with a solid 15.33 points (out of a possible 20).
"I've just been taking it all in and enjoying it since France, but I've been very busy,” Wright said.
"I haven't had a lot of time to surf coming into this event.
"I'm happy to be back in the water and definitely feeling more relaxed now.”
Wright has already joined Carissa Moore and Layne Beachley as a four-time event winner in a calendar year.
A fifth win would equal the record set by six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore in 2008.
Gilmore has won the Hawaii event multiple times and has also advanced to the third round.
It is the final event of the year before the 2017 season kicks off with the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast.
"This is such a beautiful place and such a good event, and everyone wants to finish off the year strongly and have a good result here,” Gilmore said.
"We'll see what happens, but next year is a clean slate.
"I didn't quite piece things together this year but hope- fully next year I can be more consistent.”
Lennox Head surfers Stu Kennedy and Adam Melling will be joined by Byron Bay resident Matt Wilkinson in the final men's event of the year, the Billabong Pipe Masters, also in Hawaii.