Saturday, December 3, 2016: Tyler Wright won the Maui Women’s Pro, at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii. The Maui Women’s Pro is the 10th and last event for this year’s Samsung Galaxy Women’s Championship Tour.
Tyler Wright has clearly dominated the World Championship Tour (WCT) this year, but after winning her first World Championship, she showed the world that she is not done making her mark yet! She nabbed another win to add to an already prestigious collection of 4 event wins for the year.
Tatiana Weston-Webb and Keely Andrew proved to be strong challengers against Wright in the quarters and semis, but the World Champ won the respective quarterfinal and semifinal heats she competed in, all the way to the final heat where she faced two-time event champion and three-time World Champion Carissa Moore.
Moore appeared to be controlling the entire final heat when she posted a 9.00 ride. Wright’s first wave score of 6.83 was not enough to take control of the final. With less than two minutes left in the heat, Wright needed a 3.68 to win. Then a nice set came over the horizon, and Tyler Wright, with priority, took advantage of it and rode the first wave. She rode it with skillful and beautiful carves. Meanwhile, Carissa Moore took off on the next wave and also completed her ride.
A few seconds after the exchange, the buzzer sounded off, marking the end of the event. It took time for the judges to review the waves and when scores were announced, the World Champ’s 7.83 ride was better than Carissa Moore’s 4.33 ride. It was enough to earn her fifth event win of the year and her first ever final heat win against Carissa Moore.
As the last WCT event of the year, Maui was a mix of emotions. It was a pressure packed deadline for some of the athletes holding on to their 2017 WCT re-qualification, while it was a victory lap for others. Either way, the event ended with an air of victory and some heartbreaking goodbyes.
Courtney Conlogue was one of those who stood out during the event. With the championship pressure off her back, she focused on trying new things in Maui, from equipment to strategy and more. And she capped her year with a semifinal finish for Tour stop number 10.
The event on Saturday also saw Bianca Buitendag losing her qualification to stay on the World Tour. She needed to win the event to stay but lost her Quarterfinal battle with Courtney Cologue.
The Women’s World Championship Tour for 2016 is officially in the books and here is the final look at the 2016 WCT Top 10 Rankings on the Jeep Leaderboard: