Wright through, Fitzgibbons out in France

TYLER Wright is the only Australian left standing at the Roxy Pro in France after securing her spot in the final four with just 30 seconds left on the clock.

The 21-year-old knocked out local favourite Johanne Defay with a series of exciting turns to net a 9.50 on the final ride of their quarter-final.

“I had a feeling at the start of the heat that it was going to come down to the last minute,” said Wright, who’s currently ranked No.7 in the world.


“A little wave came along and you can’t say no to a wave in that situation.

“It shut down, so paddling back out Johanne looked at the second one and I sort of pushed her into it a little bit, and the third and fourth waves were just dreamy.

“I’m really stoked with how I handled the end of that heat and happy to make the semis.”

Wright will next meet US surfer Sage Erickson in the semi-finals.

Fellow Australians Nikki Van Dijk and Sally Fitzgibbons weren’t so lucky.

Van Dijk was beaten by No.2-raked Hawaiian Carissa Moore in their quarter, keeping Moore’s hopes of another World Title alive.

The women’s World Champion will now be decided in the final event in Hawaii.

While Fitzgibbons – the current world No.3 – was downed by Moore’s compatriot rookie Tatiana Weston-Webb.

In the men’s event Australia has four surfers in the quarter-finals.

Julian Wilson, Mick Fanning, Bede Durbidge and Owen Wright will compete in the final eight of the Quicksilver Pro France when competition resumes.