Wright earns shot at wildcard
LENNOX HEAD surfing sensation and world junior champion Tyler Wright will be pitted against fellow world title-holder Lauren Enever for a wildcard entry in trials for the Beachley Classic in Sydney next week.
The pair will feature in a class field of eight surfers contesting for the lone wildcard into the richest ASP Women’s World Tour event.
Wright has impressed her peers over the past two months with three-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore even admitting to nerves when competing against the 16-year-old prodigy.
Despite all the accolades, the amicable teenager is well aware of how dangerous Enever will be at Dee Why.
“Laura’s at the top of the world junior tour and surfing really well. She is the ASP World Junior Champion, so she will be tough to beat,” Wright said.
“It’ll take my best performance to win.”
At just 14, Wright made history as the youngest-ever surfer to win an ASP World Tour event, which she did in 2008 as the wildcard at the Sydney ASP Women’s World Tour event.
“That win was the most amazing feeling I’ve experienced in surfing. I’d love to achieve that again, but just competing is a thrill,” she said.
The class field also features Felicity Palmateer (WA), Paige Haggerston (NSW), rising American star Sage Erickson, under-16 Australian champion Ellie Jean Coffey (NSW), Jess Van der Meer (NSW) and Nikki Van Dijk (Victoria).
The trials will be staged on Wednesday, April 21, at Dee Why on Sydney’s northern beaches.
The Beachley Classic has a waiting period from April 21 to 26 and only requires two days in which to be finalised.