RIDING HIGH: Former Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright competing in the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast last week. She won the event for the second time and hopes to follow it up by winning the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in Victoria.
RIDING HIGH: Former Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright competing in the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast last week. She won the event for the second time and hopes to follow it up by winning the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in Victoria. Kelly Cestari

Former Lennox surfer focused on winning maiden world title

FORMER Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright will look to win back-to-back Championship Tour events for the first time at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria.

Wright is coming off a stellar performance where she won the Roxy Pro for the second time on the Gold Coast last week.

A strong showing here would have her in the box seat as she chases her maiden world title.

"I'm focused this year," Wright said.

"2015 was a bit of an off year for me and I've had a few close years on tour with regards to the title, but that's my goal for my next few seasons.

"I'm off to a good start and I aim to keep it rolling at Bells."

Meanwhile, the injuries continue to pile up in the men's division after Brazilian Filipe Toledo was forced to pull out after he was injured in the semi-finals of the Quicksilver Pro.

Lennox Head duo Stu Kennedy and Adam Melling will compete again as replacement surfers.

Kennedy exceeded all expectations when he made it as far as the semi-finals at the Quiksilver Pro.

It will be tough viewing for the Lennox-Ballina Boardriders club when the pair compete in the same heat in the first round of the Rip Curl Pro.

Former Le-Ba member Owen Wright is still injured and will miss the first half of season.

Meanwhile, Byron Bay-based Matt Wilkinson comes in as the No 1 ranked surfer after his unexpected win on the Gold Coast.

Wilkinson credits his coach and former CT surfer Glenn Hall for helping him make the step up.

"We've found a good balance over the last few months," Wilkinson said.

"Glenn has helped me realise that I don't want to wonder if I could have done better on tour.

"I'm still having a lot of fun, but I'm taking better care of myself and that has translated into results."

The event has a 12-day window and is scheduled to start tomorrow.



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