Wright way to finish to keep world title hope alive
FORMER Lennox Head surfer Tyler Wright has kept her world title chances alive after reaching the semi-finals of the Roxy Pro in France.
Wright looked like she might have missed the event after injuring her knee while surfing at Portugal a fortnight ago.
She dropped to third on world rankings after the Portugal event but is back in second and within striking distance of tour leader Sally Fitzgibbons.
It sets up a massive finish to the year with one event left at the Maui Women's Pro in Hawaii where Wright is the defending champion.
"I've actually enjoyed the journey of this injury,” Wright said.
"It's actually pushed me forward at an accelerated rate.
"I have such a deep appreciation for all the time and efforts that everyone around me have put in, especially this week.
"It makes competing incredibly enjoyable and I'm so lucky to have them on my side.”
Meanwhile, her older brother Owen Wright came up against former Lennox-Ballina teammate Stu Kennedy in the third round of the Quiksilver Pro.
Wright won the heat while Kennedy needs a strong finish to the year at Hawaii to re-qualify for the world tour.
Wright locked into a long and deep barrel on his backhand to drop one of the highest scores of the event, a near-perfect 9.17 (out of 10) for the win.
"That was a bit of luck, but you watch it all morning and you know how hard it is to surf a heat with a peak that's so random. It's really hard to pick one spot,” Wright said.
"Stu and I paddled out on this right to get a couple turns out, but it got really full and was tricky so I just decided to move across to the shorey and give that a stab.”