Wright’s re­turn stun­ning

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

TWO-TIME world surf­ing cham­pion Tyler Wright could em­u­late older brother Owen’s fairy­tale come­back vic­tory af­ter ad­vanc­ing to the quar­ter­fi­nals of the WSL season-end­ing Maui Pro in Hawaii.

Re­turn­ing to ac­tion af­ter a 17-month absence through ill­ness, Wright capped the open­ing day by elim­i­nat­ing world ti­tle con­tender Lakey Peter­son in the round of 16.

Forced into the elim­i­na­tion se­cond round af­ter los­ing to Peter­son and Sil­vana Lima in her open­ing heat at Honolua Bay, the 25-year-old Wright bounced back to beat Jo­hanne De­fay and Brisa Hen­nessey.

She then ended Amer­i­can Peter­son’s 2019 ti­tle bid with a 12.67 to 11.60 win. In 2017, Owen Wright claimed an emo­tional season-open­ing win at Snap­per Rocks as he com­peted at the elite level for the first time since suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous head in­jury at Pipe­line in Hawaii in 2015.

“Owen was in­cred­i­ble how he did that,” said a happy Tyler Wright in a World Surf League broad­cast in­ter­view.

“That was one of the best mo­ments in our sport.

“Dif­fer­ent re­cov­ery paths; for me there are very spe­cific things that I have to do and achieve through­out what I’m do­ing here... I’m re­ally happy to be here and en­joy­ing it... it’s kind of back to en­joy­ing life and hav­ing fun.”

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