NEWLY crowned world champion Tyler Wright, of Culburra Beach, has finished third at the season ending Maui Women's Pro.
At the 10th and final event of the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), Wright was knocked out in the semi-finals by eventual champion Stephanie Gilmore – losing 15.87 to 14.43.
“That was probably one of the funnest, most enjoyable heats I’ve ever had,” Wright said.
“There was definitely a bit of heckling back-and-forth.
“I dared her to give me a wave and she didn't.
“At the end, what an opportunity – it was perfect and the wave that I had just kind of pinched.
“It was amazing, it was so fun.”
Six-time WSL Champion Gilmore took out her 26th Championship Tour victory after wins over Hawaii’s Malia Manuel in the final, Wright in the semi-finals and Brazil’s Silvana Lima in the quarter-finals.
Maui Women’s Pro final results:
1 - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.20
2 - Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.90
Maui Women’s Pro semi-final results:
SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.87 defeated Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.43
SF 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 16.10 defeated Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 10.00
Top five on the WSL Women’s Jeep Leaderboard (after Maui Women’s Pro):
1:Tyler Wright (AUS) 54,400 points
2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 53,400 points
3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 52,900 points
4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 50,000 points
5: Carissa Moore (HAW) 49,200 points