The leaderboard for the World Surf League’s 2017 Women’s Championship Tour has been finalised and three Aussies sit atop the list.
Tyler Wright, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons placed first, second and third respectively, following a strong year for New South Wales surfers.
Wright earned her second World Title after a big day of competition at the final event of the 2017 World Surf League Championship Tour, the Maui Women’s Pro.
Honolua Bay delivered beautiful, five-to-seven foot (1.5 – 2.1 metre) waves as the swell filled in throughout the morning, which offered pristine conditions for the competitors. Massive upsets followed in Round 4 and the Quarterfinals, where Wright garnered the World Title by day’s end.
Surfing will be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the NSW Institute of Sport has recently entered in partnership with Surfing Australia as the sport builds towards their Olympic debut.
Australian surfing legend and Surfing Australia technical expert Bede Durbidge will kickoff preparations for the Olympics with a camp this coming January in Casuarina. Durbidge’s role is jointly funded by NSWIS & Surfing Australia, with the aim of continuing to develop a performance culture in the organisation, optimise the growth and development of coaches.