Former Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright is chaired up the beach after winning the Rio Pro.
Former Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright is chaired up the beach after winning the Rio Pro. Kelly Cestari

Lennox surfer Tyler has the wright stuff to win in Rio

FORMER Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright won her second World Surf League event of the year at the Rio Pro in Brazil.

The win puts her at the top of the ratings in her quest to claim a maiden world title this year.

Wright won the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast in March and can increase her lead with a strong performance at the Fiji Pro later this month.

"This is the best I've ever felt," Wright said.

"Over the last six months so many things have happened and it has given me a lot of perspective on the way I want to run my career and surf my heats.

"I want to say a massive thanks to my family. They make it all worthwhile."

It was an all-Australian final when Wright went up against Sally Fitzgibbons after beating current world champion Carissa Moore in the semi-final.

She paved the way for her win with an early 8.67 (out of 10) before registering a final score of 13.10 while Fitzgibbons could only manage a 10.34.

"I am so excited to win in Brazil," Wright said.

"It is fun and there are so many things you need to take into account, and you have to just flow with it.

"I think this was the most challenging of any event and any final. It was hard work and I am stoked."

Lennox Head surfers Stu Kennedy and Adam Melling are competing in the men's competition at Rio while Byron Bay resident Matt Wilkinson was eliminated.



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