FORMER Culburra Beach surfer Tyler Wright has just missed out on winning the ASP Women’s World Championship, ending the tour second best to Hawaii’s Carissa Moore.
Wright, 19, needed to finish higher than Moore at the Cascais Girls Pro at Guincho Beach, 30 kilometres west of the capital Lisbon, to seal the title.
But Wright lost her quarter-final battle to South Coast surfer, Gerroa’s Sally Fitzgibbons, 16.33 points to 13.73.
It was a nail-biting final, with Moore just trumping Fitzgibbons 10.44 to 9.70.
It resulted in 21-year-old Moore claiming her second crown to add to her 2011 world title.
Fitzgibbons finished the year in an overall third place.
“Big day for women’s sport and a big finish to the season,” Fitzgibbons said.
“Shame the conditions deteriorated for the final, but congrats to Carissa (Moore) – she has been really impressive all year.
“Very happy with a strong finish to the year and I’m looking forward to next season with the huge commitment to women’s surfing from the ASP. It’s exciting times ahead.”
Wright said she was happy enough with the result as she had been trying all year just to enjoy her surfing and let the points take care of themselves.
“I’m happy – I don't feel like I lost,” Wright said.
“No matter what happened or what the final result was, I was always going to feel like that.
“This year has been about being myself and enjoying surfing. Second is my best result and I’ve had a great year. Time to go dancing.”