Tyler Wright
Tyler Wright

Tyler's hopes for perfect present wiped out, with Bells

LENNOX HEAD surfer Tyler Wright has lost the final of the Rip Curl Pro against Hawaiian Carissa Moore at Bells Beach, Victoria this afternoon.

Moore outclassed the 19-year-old with a 15.40 (out of a possible) with Wright only managing an 8.00 from her two waves.

It is the second consecutive World Championship Tour event that Moore has beaten the Lennox Head teenager in this year.

The loss means Moore now overtakes Wright in the rankings as World No 1. Wright has made the final of all three women's WCT events and will look to bounce back in the TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival later this week.

Wright, who turned 19 yesterday, had put her birthday celebrations on hold overnight as she prepared for today's final.

The contest between Wright and Moore was set down for this morning after the men's competition spent yesterday  afternoon in the water.

Wright entered the competition ranked world No.1 and has made the final of all three WCT events this year.

She beat current world champion Stephanie Gilmore in the quarter-finals on Saturday before getting past American Courtney Conlogue.

All up Wright and Moore surfed in five heats on Saturday.

Despite Gilmore carrying an ankle injury, it was a memorable quarter-final with Wright scoring 16.87 (out of a possible 20) to edge past the five-time world champion (16.83).

Wright lost the final of the Margaret River Pro against Moore and a win today would be a massive boost for the rest of the year.

Older brother Owen Wright was not as lucky and was eliminated from the second round of the men's competition yesterday. Wright, who has been ranked as high as world No.3 in the past, has been eliminated from the second round of all three WCT events this year.

Another Lennox Head surfer Adam Melling was also eliminated from the second round yesterday.

Byron Bay surfer Kieren Perrow was eliminated in his second round heat against Damien Hobgood.



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