How Australia's Tyler Wright took out her maiden world surfing championship, event by event
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AN EVENT-BY-EVENT LOOK AT HOW TYLER WRIGHT BECAME WORLD CHAMPION
MARCH: Won the season-opener on the Gold Coast for the second time. Beat multiple world champions Stephanie Gilmore and Carissa Moore on her way to the final before dominating the clash with American Courtney Conlogue in the decider to take the world No.1 ranking.
APRIL: Knocked out in the quarter-finals at Bells Beach in Victoria by Conlogue, who would go on to win.
APRIL: Took out the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia for her second tour win. She claimed a dominant win over Conlogue in the final after beating Gilmore in the quarter-finals and reigning world champ Moore in the semis.
MAY: Won in Brazil to surge back to the top of the rankings, beating Sally Fitzgibbons in an all-Australian final. The win gave her a 3000-point lead in the rankings ahead of Conlogue.
MAY: Bundled out in the second round in Fiji, defeated by Bethany Hamilton of Hawaii. Lost her place atop the championship standings.
JULY: Defeated in the semi-finals of the US Open in California by Malia Manuel. The event was taken out by Tatiana Weston-Webb, who knocked out Conlogue in the quarters.
SEPTEMBER: Won the title at Lower Trestles in California, beating Gilmore in an all-Australian final and setting up a 7,250-point advantage over Conlogue with three events remaining.
SEPTEMBER: Runner-up at Cascais in Portugal, beaten by Conlogue in the final. Had her first sniff of clinching the world championship at this event if she won and Conlogue failed to make the semis, but that did not happen.
OCTOBER: Wright secures her maiden world surfing title at Hossegor in France after Conlogue was toppled in the semi-finals. Wright took out Weston-Webb in her semi, then lost to Moore in the final, but she'd done enough.
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER: Heads to the season-ending Women's Pro in Hawaii with the world championship in the bag thanks to an unassailable 8,300-point title lead over rival Conlogue.