Australian Tyler Wright achieved a historic victory by hosting the first ever World Surfing League (WSL) tour event for women in Hawaii’s legendary Banzai Pipeline.
The two-time world champion, who eliminated compatriot Sally Fitzgibbons in the semifinals, won a tactical battle against local favorite Carissa Moore to get her 2021 championship campaign off to a perfect start.
Four-time world champion Moore threatened to steal the title when she scored a 5. 40 with less than two minutes in the heat to snap the lead.
Wright scored a 3. 17 in the final seconds of the low-score finals to win the title with a two-wave score of 8. 34.
This was Wright’s 12th. Tour Event Victory and it was the ninth time the Australian competed against Moore in a Tour Event Final.
The win is Wright’s first since 2016 after a long battle with injury and illness ruined their 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Organizers have decided to move the final runs of the Maui Pro to Pipeline following a shark attack near Honolua Bay earlier this month.
In addition to winning the event, Wright will be on September 19. January as the number one surfer in the world, set off for the second stop of the tour in Oahu, Hawaii.
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