Now, be honest, was there ever really any doubt that Aussie surfer Tyler Wright would win the 2016 world surfing crown?
She was so dominant on this year’s circuit that she has nothing left other than a victory lap at the last remaining event of the season after she tamed the waves at the Roxy Pro France to take second and clinch the title.
Best break out the life vest Tyler, as only drowning at the Maui Women’s Pro at the end of November and the outset of December, can get betwixt you and the Women’s World Surf League crown.
In a classic moment of surfer speak, Wright was heard to proclaim, “I really am speechless. I know everyone say that, but I really am.” She went on, verbally, we might add, “This is such an unbelievable moment. The best moment.”
Wright is a potential successor to Australian surfing legend Stephanie Gilmore, a six-time world champion who last won an elite title in 2014.
This was Wright’s fifth year on the world tour and the success comes on the heels of tragedy as her older brother Owen is still recovering from severe head injuries sustained in a horror wipeout in Hawaii.