Tyler still aims to be champ
TYLER Wright narrowly lost to World Champion Stephanie Gilmore in their round 1 heat at the Roxy Pro yesterday, but she won’t have to wait long for another crack at the women’s No 1.
The pair will go head-to-head for a spot in round four in their knockout heat today.
Gilmore controlled their round one heat from the beginning; only a late 8.87 score from Wright pulled the deficit back under a single point.
But Wright is sure to strike back with their career battles locked at one a piece.
The third surfer in the heat, Brazilian Bruna Schmitz was little more than a spectator in a two-horse race.
Three-time world champ Gilmore paid homage to the fighting spirit of her junior rival.
“The way Tyler fought back in the end was awesome,” Gilmore said.
“She really showed that while she might be behind she will keep fighting. Round 3 is going to be really good.”
Byron Bay veteran Kieren Perrow also grabbed a spot in round 3 by defeating South African Travis Logie.
Perrow came from behind to win by 1.5 points with a two-wave score of 14.87.
Young-gun Garrett Parkes pushed world No 4 Taj Burrow to the edge earlier in the day before bowing out in commendable fashion.
Parkes led through the heat until Burrow nailed a 7.97 with less 10 ten minutes to go to steal a spot from the 18-year-old.