The Australian Tyler Wright has taken the world rankings after the Maui Pro event for the season opening in Hawaii.
After the Maui started earlier this month, the rest of the event has been put on legendary hiatus following a fatal shark attack in Maui’s Honolua Bay earlier this month.
It is the first time that a tour event of the Women’s World Cup in the Surf League takes place during the Oahu break.
Wright sure had to earn the win when he faced seven-time world champion Steph Gilmore in the Maui neighborhoods before the shark incident.
In that clash, Wright walked away with a big win and the first perfect 10-man drive of the season.
It didn’t get much easier when the competition started again at Pipeline that weekend – Wright faced NSW South Coast product Sally Fitzgibbons in the semi-finals.
In rather intimidating conditions, Wright made it to the finals while Fitzgibbons had a tough wipeout.
In the final, Moore, the current world title holder, recorded the wave with the highest score, but Wright’s total of 8. 34 of their best two waves were enough to claim victory and top spot in the world rankings.
In the men’s, the Pipe Masters, the Hawaiian Jon Jon Florence prevailed against Gabriel Medina in the final.
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World News – AU – Tyler Wright claims world rankings Number one with Maui Pro win
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