Tyler Wright was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Target Maui Pro yesterday. She was in doubt for the event after losing her uncle just over a week ago.
Tyler Wright was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Target Maui Pro yesterday. She was in doubt for the event after losing her uncle just over a week ago. Damien Poullenot

Wright washes out of Maui Pro

FORMER Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Target Maui Pro in Hawaii.

Despite scoring 14.94 (out of a possible 20) she was unable to overcome current world champion Carissa Moore who finished with a 17.47.

Moore went on to win the event and retained the world championship in the process.

Wright was forced to do it the hard way by surfing all three rounds before the quarter-finals.

She was in doubt for the Maui Pro after losing her uncle just over a week ago.

He saw her achieve her best result this year when she won the Roxy Pro in France in October.

"I've had such an emotional past few weeks and I was so stoked he got to see that (Roxy Pro) and show him that I really do care (about surfing)," Wright said.

"This is what I truly love to do and I'm so happy he got to see that.

"It's been hard to process and even here I was so dazed in the water, trying to fight it but there's nothing wrong with being sad -especially when it's not the bad kind of sad."

Meanwhile, a handful of Far North Coast surfers have been competing in the Vans World Cup in Hawaii.

Byron Bay's Soli Bailey and Lennox Head surfer Stu Kennedy fared the best by advancing to the fourth round.

They are in the same heat heat and can advance to the quarter-finals when competition resumes.

The final World Championship Tour event for the men is the Billabong Pipe Masters next week.



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