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Aussie surfing star makes history

Resurgent Australian surfing star Tyler Wright created history and ended a three-year winning drought with victory in the Roxy Pro in Hawaii a week after it was moved because of a fatal shark attack. The event was move to the iconic Banzai Pipeline, the first ever women’s event there after being moved from Oahu when…

Resurgent Australian surfing star Tyler Wright created history and ended a three-year winning drought with victory in the Roxy Pro in Hawaii a week after it was moved because of a fatal shark attack.

The event was move to the iconic Banzai Pipeline, the first ever women’s event there after being moved from Oahu when a local surfer was attacked just hours before the semi-finals were set to begin last week.

Back in the water at the famous spot Wright took down fellow Aussie Sally Fitzgibbons in the semi-final before accounting for four-time world champion Carissa Moore in the final.

For two-time world champion Wright, it was her first win since 2017 after a long battle with illness and chronic fatigue syndrome wrecked her 2018 and 2019 campaigns.

She scored a two-wave total of 10.50 to easily defeat Fitzgibbons, who could only score 2.87 in the heat.

Wright, 27, the picked up a narrow win over Moore

“It‘s a real equaliser out there now because it’s the first for the girls to be out there right now … it’s such an incredible moment in time,” Wright said.

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