SURFING: Wright wiped out
A BROKEN surfboard ended the title chances of Tyler Wright when she was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Rip Curl Women's Pro at Bells Beach in Victoria.
The former Lennox Head surfer was wiped out when she came off her board with five minutes remaining in the semi-final against Courtney Conlogue.
She had to come into the beach with a crease in her board and never made it back into the water with no jet ski assistance on hand.
Conlogue nailed a 9.33 (out of 10) in the final minutes before going on to beat six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore to win the event for a second straight year.
"I buckled my board there and I've got really sore ribs and plenty of water in the brain now,” Wright said.
"I thought if I could get a few turns in that it would be an easy nine point ride.
"But my fins didn't quite get the traction I wanted and the section kept moving but I just went for it.
"Courtney already had a nine (point wave) and I decided to roll the dice but it didn't quite work out for me.
"She ended up getting the next wave anyway and my body probably needs some work now before we go to Brazil.”
Wright won five events last year on her way to winning the world title for the first time.
She is yet to win the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach but should take plenty of confidence into the next leg of the tour.
"Moving forward I'm really excited about the year ahead,” Wright said.
"I'm coming into heats where I have a better idea of what's going on and what I need to get there.
"The idea is to build a foundation where every heat I can deliver the standard of surfing before adding some new things in.”
Meanwhile, older brother Owen Wright will surf in the fourth round when the men's competition resumes today.
Defending champion and Byron Bay resident Matt Wilkinson was eliminated in the third round yesterday.