The long range swell created organized waves for the top women at the Roxy Pro in Hossegor, France. Keeping her rhythm throughout the semifinal against Tatiana Weston-Webb, Australian surfer Tyler Wright secured her first World Title by winning the Roxy Pro in France. With her smart surfing style and confident close out maneuver, Wright’s powerful surfing was spot on. Wright calculated the speed of her surfing to each wave and did everything within her control to win the World Title.
Wright’s consistency and confidence paved the way to her life changing win with an emotional statement about why she was aiming at the World Title win, just after her win Wright told World Surf League “There’s a lot of reasons why I wanted to win this world title that I didn’t mention to the public, the last year was a hectic year. I lost an uncle and this was his last event that he saw me compete in. From that moment I promised I would win a world title and, well, I did.”
[More from Excelle Women’s Roxy Pro Preview, Surfing]
In a pressure filled second semifinal, the three time World Champion Carissa Moore took on World No.2 Courtney Conlogue in the second semifinal of the Roxy Pro. Although Moore lacked consistency this year throughout the competitions, she ripped through the second semifinal with connected and sparky turns. Moore’s strategic moves allowed her to perform with speed, flow and balance to win the second semifinal. After falling on her first turn, Conlogue kept an uncharacteristic low score with some strong turns during the semifinal number two. She is known for skating across the surface of the waves and during the windy semifinal, she ultimately failed to win and inevitably locked in Wright’s first ever World Title.
Excelle Sports lifestyle editor Kim Vandenberg is an Olympic bronze medalist, Pan American gold medalist, World Championship silver medalist and three-time U.S. national champion and French national champion in swimming. She’s also a member of Excelle’s Athletes Council.