Tyler Wright Wins O'Neill Women's World Cup, Eyes 2011 ASP Women's World Tour

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Rip Curl team rider and wildcard Tyler Wright, has won the O’Neill Women’s World Cup of Surfing, topping Sunset Beach local Coco Ho, reigning four-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, and Sally Fitzgibbons, in two-to-four foot surf at Sunset Beach.

The final stop on the ASP Women’s World Tour, the O’Neill Women’s World Cup of Surfing also marked the second jewel of the Vans Triple Crown.

Wright, competing in the first Vans Triple Crown of her young career, quickly catapulted into the lead in the Final, smashing the event’s highest single-wave score of a 9.57 out of 10 en route to the highest heat total of a 17.24 out of 20 by linking a series of massive forehand hacks and powerful carves to leave the field in a combination situation within the first 10 minutes of the bout to eventually take out the win.

“This feels pretty cool,” Wright said. “I had fun out there and caught a couple of waves and it started really pulsing at the end, so I was happy and having fun. The girls were ripping out there so it was good.”

Wright, who won her first ASP Women’s World Tour event at 14 as a wildcard, will be competing on her rookie year among the elite in 2011 and used the O’Neill Women’s World Cup as excellent preparation for next season.

“This event has been a great warm up for next year,” Wright said. “It’s going to be fun next year and I’m looking forward to it.”

Wright, who finished runner-up at the Reef Hawaiian Pro, also earned the prestigious JN Automotive Group Rookie of the Vans Triple Crown award and her current standing as ratings’ leader will see her compete for the 2010 ASP Specialty Series Title at Pipeline in a one-heat battle for the prestigious three-event series.

“I didn’t even know there was a Rookie of the Year title for the Triple Crown until someone told me the other day,” Wright said. “It’s really cool. I’m happy to be here and having fun so I guess that’s the main thing I suppose. It’s awesome that I got in to Pipe. I’ve surfed there a couple of times now and I love it out there, you get some pretty big barrels.”

Gilmore, who wrapped up her fourth consecutive ASP Women’s World Title in Puerto Rico, worked her way in to yet another final at the O’Neill Women’s World Cup, this time finishing 3rd behind Wright and Ho, moving her back to second place entering the final event of the Vans Triple Crown at Pipeline.

“I guess I’m not in the lead for the Triple Crown, Tyler (Wright) is, and that’s pretty cool,” Gilmore said. “I really struggled out there in my last heat. I didn’t watch it too much and it was extremely shallow.”

Gilmore, who topped Wright at the Cholo’s Hawaiian Pro, the first jewel of the Vans Triple Crown, views the young Aussie as a welcome addition to next year’s ASP Women’s World Tour and is looking forward to battling against her throughout the 2011 season.

“Tyler is really hungry,” Gilmore said. “She’ll be a good addition to the tour. She’s really good and hopefully we’ll be pushing each other. We need more girls like that on tour and I’m looking forward to the competition.”

The final stop on the 2010 Women’s Vans Triple Crown will see the current top four surfers on the ratings after the first two jewels, Tyler Wright, Stephanie Gilmore, Coco Ho, and Alana Blanchard battle for the prestigious ASP Specialty Series title in a one-heat battle at Pipeline, the Vans Duel for the Jewel. The event will take place during the Billabong Pipe Masters waiting period, December 8 through 20th, 2010.

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