Tyler Wright in action at the Maui Women's Pro in the World Surf League Championship at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii.
Tyler Wright in action at the Maui Women's Pro in the World Surf League Championship at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii. KELLY CESTARI WSL HANDOUT

Wright secures second world title

WITH a bulky brace on her knee reminding her how lucky she was to even be surfing, Australian Tyler Wright has defended her world crown of surfing at the Maui Pro in Hawaii.

Wright needed to win her quarter-final against wildcard Brisa Hennessy to secure a second world title.

The 23-year-old tackled the task with gusto, posting two strong scores to down the young Hawaiian who had taken out Sally Fitzgibbons earlier in the event.

Wright pointed at the sky in triumph and hugged Hennessy in delight when the world title was secure.

"Wow. It's, yep, it's kinda weird because I was so excited up the hill and so excited to be in this position,” an overwhelmed Wright (pictured) said.

"All through the year, little ups and downs, I was happy before I won, and I'm happy now.”

Wright thanked her mum and family for travelling to Hawaii to watch her win and paid tribute to her coach, former pro surfer Glenn Hall.

"I did think about it (going back to back). I decided in 2015 I wanted to win every year and I'll hold true to that,” she said.

"Back-to-back is a testament to his (Hall's) dedication. It takes a team to do this.” - Amanda Lulham



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