It’s crunch time for Tyler Wright's world championship dream
LENNOX Head surfer Tyler Wright went into the final event in Portugal starting last night hot on the heels of Hawaii's Carissa Moore in the hunt for the women's world surfing championship.
A solid finish in Portugal could enable the young Australian to hoist the world title for the first time.
"I dont really think about it," Wright said.
"Numbers don't really matter to me. I love to see the girls surfing and pushing the limits.
"I'm here to surf and have fun and experience Portugal. Let's see what the week brings."
Wright, 19, was set to battle Alana Blanchard, 23, of Hawaii, and Sofia Mulanovich, 30, of Peru, in the first round.
Moore, 21, leads the world ratings after a sensational year.
She has posted wins at Margaret River, Bells Beach and Huntington Beach.
"I'm happy to be back to this area - it is very beautiful and has wonderful culture," Moore said.
Moore is only 200 points ahead of Wright and needs a strong result to clinch the world title.
She drew fellow Hawaiian Malia Manuel, 20, and wildcard Teresa Bonvalot, 13, of Portugal, in the opening round.