And whilst the ISA World Games are going on in Portugal, over in Australia they have just had the Beachley Classic at Manly Beach. 14 year old Tyler Wright has become the youngest girl ever to win this event.
“This is easily the best day of my life,” she said. “I’m so stoked. I don’t really have the words to describe it. I knew Silvana (Lima) would be dangerous out there so I just did my best to stick to my game plan and get waves.”
Tyler, who gained entry into the Beachley Classic after her impressive win at the Oakley Trials last Thursday, defeated reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, Jacqueline Silva (BRA), 29, and Amee Donohoe (AUS), 27, en route to her Finals berth with Lima. “These are girls that all us grommets look up to and to just be competing with them is an honor,” she said. “I had no expectations whatsoever this week for myself and I think that really worked in my favor.”
A natural-footer from NSW, Tyler has been creating quite a stir in the last 2 weeks: she won the Billabong Pro Junior Championships on 1st October allowing her to qualify for the prestigious Billabong ASP World Junior; she won the Oakley Trials on the 9th October, and yesterday, in peaky waves of about 1m, she won the Beachley Classic -one of women’s surfing richest events – allowing her to pocket a handsome cheque. She is now going off on a well earned break with Ripcurl and fellow world tour surfers, Steph Gilmoure and Jess Miley Dyer.
Owen Wright must be proud of his little sister. He, too, is a surfer to be reckoned with. First he captured the under 16 world championship last year in Brazil and has continued to knock over more fancied rivals before joining the World Qualifying Series tour. He has won four ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series events in 2008, and now sits fifth in the ratings. “This is my fourth win of the year and I’m sitting fifth – it just shows how high the standard is at the moment” Wright said.