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Fri, 14 October 2016

Australian Tyler Wright, 22, is the 2016 WSL Women’s World Champion after closest rival Courtney Conlogue (USA), 24, was knocked out in the semifinals of the Roxy Pro France.


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WRIGHTFULLY MINE: Tyler Wright celebrates her world title. Photo WSL / Poullenot


Wright thus becomes the champion (announced at Hossegor yesterday) of the tour with one event to go on the Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT).

There were tears as Wright, who progressed to the final and finished runner-up to Carissa Moore (HAW), clinched her maiden title following an emotional year with her family, and four elite CT event wins this season.

“A lot has gone into this, a lot of hours and a lot of moments,” said Wright. “There are a lot of reasons why I set out the win this World Title this year and a lot of reasons that I did not mention to the public. Last year was such a hectic year -- I lost an uncle and this was the last event that he ever saw me compete in. A lot of emotional moments, but pretty much from that moment I promised him that I would win a World Title, and I did.”.

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BACK SHRED: Tyler Wright made it to the final. Conlogue didn't. Photo WSL / Poullenot


“I’ve always known I could do this and this year I was ready,” continued Wright. “A massive congrats to Courtney (Conlogue). I’ve been in her position twice now and I know what it’s like. I love her, I love the way she competes and she’s such a strong competitor. A big thank you to everyone that’s come before me and paved the way. Carissa (Moore) is a huge inspiration -- she’s the progressor of this sport so to be in final with her was really special. Thank you to her!”

Tyler Wright 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour Results:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast: WINNER; Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: 5th; Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: WINNER; Oi Women’s Rio Pro: WINNER; Fiji Women’s Pro: 13th; Vans US Open of Surfing: 3rd
Swatch Women’s Pro: WINNER; Cascais Women’s Pro: 2nd; Roxy Pro France: 2nd; Maui Women’s Pro: TBD

Tyler Wright Career Rankings:
2016: 1st; 2015: 5th; 2014: 2nd; 2013: 2nd; 2012: 4th; 2011: 4th

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NO PUN NEEDED: Keanu Asing puts it up during a big hack. Photo WSL / Poullenot


On the men's side Keanu Asing (HAW) took down defending event winner and 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the Quiksilver Pro France final to claim his maiden CT event win and leap up thirteen places to 21st on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“I’m stoked and this is a dream come true,” said Asing. “The work’s not done yet but I hope I did something good for John (Florence) maybe and helped him with the title race. I’m over the moon -- it’s so surreal. I’m super happy and I feel like I’m dreaming right now. I’m stoked to see my other Hawaiian competitor and childhood friend, Carissa (Moore), also win. I’ve never even made a QS (Qualifying Series) final so this is crazy. Having all my friends on the beach is even more ridiculously unbelievable.”

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ONE BATTLE: That winning feeling for Asing. Photo WSL / Poullenot


On the men's side Keanu Asing (HAW) took down defending event winner and 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the Quiksilver Pro France final to claim his maiden CT event win and leap up thirteen places to 21st on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“I’m stoked and this is a dream come true,” said Asing. “The work’s not done yet but I hope I did something good for John (Florence) maybe and helped him with the title race. I’m over the moon -- it’s so surreal. I’m super happy and I feel like I’m dreaming right now. I’m stoked to see my other Hawaiian competitor and childhood friend, Carissa (Moore), also win. I’ve never even made a QS (Qualifying Series) final so this is crazy. Having all my friends on the beach is even more ridiculously unbelievable.”

The young Hawaiian unleashed forceful backhand maneuvers to put pressure on the Brazilian powerhouse who incurred an interference penalty in the last minute which disqualified one of his wave scores and solidified Asing’s win.

Next stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour for the men will be the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal from October 18 - 29, 2016 while the women will culminate their season with the Maui Women’s Pro from November 23 - December 5, 2016.

Highlights from the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France are available at www.worldsurfleague.com 

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COAL FACE: Kolohe Andino fell to Gabriel Medina in the semis. Photo WSL / Poullenot


Roxy Pro France Final Results:
1- Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.63
2- Tyler Wright (AUS) 9.83

Roxy Pro France Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.40 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.16
SF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.90 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.67

Quiksilver Pro France Final Results:
1- Keanu Asing (HAW) 13.94
2- Gabriel Medina (BRA) 7.00

Quiksilver Pro France Semifinal Results::
HSF 1: Keanu Asing (HAW) 16.94 def. John John Florence (HAW) 16.07
SF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.83 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.03
 

WSL Women’s Top 5 (after Roxy Pro France):
1. Tyler Wright (AUS) 67,700 points
2. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 59,400
3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 54,400
4. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 48,400
5. Johanne Defay (FRA) 43,650

WSL Men’s Top 5 (after Quiksilver Pro France):
1. John John Florence (HAW) 48,150 points
2. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 45,450
3. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 38,250
4. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 35,700
5. Kolohe Andino (USA) 32,150

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