Lennox Head’s Tyler Wright celebrates with supporters her win of the Australian Junior Surfing under-18 girls title at Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast, yesterday.
Lennox Head’s Tyler Wright celebrates with supporters her win of the Australian Junior Surfing under-18 girls title at Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast, yesterday.

Tyler Wright has sights on Games

AFTER another brilliant ride, young surfing star Tyler Wright has snared another junior title.

Wright was declared the winner of the Arnette Australian Junior Surfing under-18 girls title at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast yesterday, meaning she will now travel to New Zealand to compete in the World Surfing Games in January.

A humble Wright said she felt ‘alright’ about it.

“It was pretty tough out there and definitely some strong competition,” she said.

“The girls were really rippin’.”

Wright narrowly defeated Nikki van Dijk from Victoria with 14.94 points to 14.60.

Wright said she hadn’t done any extra special preparations before the event, and that her win was down to good, old-fashioned hard work.

“All I could do is try my best and it paid off today,” she said.

According to Wright, conditions out in the water were a ‘little bit inconsistent’.

“But there were a few sets that came up and I was lucky to get a few medium sets that got me into the inside,” she said.

The 15-year-old is also stoked about making it into the International Surfing Association World Surfing Games.

“You can’t get much higher than them for junior surfing,” she said.

“I guess I will just try my best in New Zealand.”

The Lennox Head-based surfer said her South Coast upbringing and extra surfing recently contributed to her win.

“I definitely surfed a lot more this year,” she said.



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