Lennox champion ready for Showdown
THE 18th annual All Girls Surf Showdown begins at Lennox Head today.
Sixteen-year-old Tyler Wright is the defending champion and favourite for Australia’s biggest females-only surfing event.
But visiting her at the family home at Lennox yesterday, you would never know it.
The cruisy kid from Culburra Beach on the NSW South Coast goes about her day like it was any other.
That involves at least two sessions in the salt water, a bit of schoolwork – which she says is piling up – helping mum around the house, and generally ‘trying to bea good kid’.
The girl who conquered three-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore as a 14-year-old is feeling no pressure.
And why should she?
As she puts it ‘all I have to do is surf and have fun’.
In fact, surfing in the All Girls Showdown this weekend Tyler will hardly deviate from her usual daily routine.
It’s wake up, eat, and surf.
And with no ratings points at stake in the contest, Tyler is planning to ‘bust out’ a few new tricks.
“Yeah, I might trial a few moves that I have been working on but haven’t been able try in competition,” she said.
“It’s all fun and games, so why not.”
But if you want to know exactly what she has in store – remembering that her brother Owen is an aerial expert – you will have to head down to Lennox Head to see.
“It’s top secret,” she said.
While Wright is fine-tuning her moves for her next assault on the pro tour, there is a strong field of surfers looking to gun her down.
Australian amateur champion Dimity Stoyle leads the pack which includes Australasian junior champion Airini Mason and WQS event winners Phillipa Anderson and Kirby Wright.
The first heat at Lennox Head will hit the water at 8am today, with the finals to begin at midday tomorrow, surf conditions permitting.