Tyler Wright ready to defend world no. 2 title at Roxy Pro
LENNOX Head surfer Tyler Wright is busy gearing up for her title defence of the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast.
The first World Championship Tour event of the year starts tomorrow at Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta.
The Roxy Pro was the first major WCT win for the 19-year-old before she went on to finish the year as world No 2 behind Hawaiian Carissa Moire
Wright attended the ASP World Surfing Awards on the Gold Coast on Wednesday night, picking up two awards
She received her 2013 runner-up trophy and an award for the best move of the season in the women's division.
New events and more surfers will be added to the competition in the women's WCT this year.
"It's going to be an exciting year with Trestles as a new event for the girls," Wright said.
"It's a place that will be able to really showcase women's surfing.
"The new ASP management has really got behind the girls and it's an exciting time.
"The rookies always add a new energy to the events and I'm sure the level of surfing is going to continue to rise."
Her older brother Owen Wright will surf in the men's Quiksilver Pro, which is also scheduled to start tomorrow.
He missed the second half of last year with a back injury and will be desperate to reclaim the form that saw him finish world No 3 in 2011.
Lennox Head surfer Adam Melling rounds out the list of Far North Coast surfers on the professional tour this year.
Suffolk Park veteran Kieren Perrow retired at the end of 2013 after a professional career that spanned more than a decade.
He has taken on the role as ASP international commissioner which will see him continue to travel the world.