TRIALS TO TRIUMPH: 14-Year-Old Tyler Wright Wins the Beachley Classic

Whenever there are little waves on tour, it's universal knowledge that just about anybody can win. With a little bit of luck and the right amount of skill, pick the best waves of the heat and you're on the podium! Coming down to Manly at 6:30 a.m. today, I knew that it was going to be one of those days. Tiny little waves greeted us and with the forecast was not looking very good at all—it was all or nothing.

I think today we saw a little bit of luck for sure in all of the heats, with some girls having priority when the only good wave of the heat happened to come through. In the Bec Woods vs. Sofia Quarterfinal, Sofia nabbed the best wave of the 30 minutes to score a 6.5, and then backed it up with a 2.5, leaving Bec to only score one two-point wave. I think that when there are girls getting heat scores of two points, it's safe to assume that the surf is pretty dismal.

Having said that, there were still some sick scores going down and Silvana and Tyler were ripping. Steph and I ran down to chair Tyler to the podium after she won and she was so stoked (as she should be—cheeky grommet just won 20 grand! ) I was talking to her at a Rip Curl signing the other day and she was so happy just to be in the event that I'm sure she's not even processing the fact that she has won the thing yet.

As for everyone who lost early, well, we've been checking out the happenings around town and going to all the functions that Layne has put on around the event under the disguise of supporting the sponsors that we are so grateful to have—but really just to party. It's been the best excuse for all of us this week to say that we have to go out because we have to support Layne and her event…and don't worry, my mum hasn't believed that reason either.

So now we have a 14-year-old event winner that can't come out and party with us. I suggested to her dad that perhaps we should have a Mcdonald's party with ice cream cake and a couple of Red Bulls perhaps, but for some reason he wasn't that taken with the idea. I think for next year, I might let Layne know about it and then hopefully she will put a function on in the local fast food restaurant. I can't really justify eating maccas, but if Layne twists my arm, then I just might have to for the cause!

Otherwise, I think the party plans for tonight are to go into the city and find a place to take over. Being a Monday, I can't say that I think it's the bet day to go out in Sydney, but I'm sure we will make ii fun—we always do.

1 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.64
2 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.84

BEACHLEY CLASSIC Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.17 def. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 10.00
SF 2: Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.10 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 14.00

BEACHLEY CLASSIC Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Amee Donohoe (AUS) 10.83 def. Julia de La Rosa Toro (PER) 9.60
QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.17 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 12.83
QF 3: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.00 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 2.00
QF 4: Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.93 def. Layne Beachley (AUS) 12.07

1 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 4411 points
2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 3948 points
3 – Layne Beachley (AUS) 3698 points
4 – Amee Donohoe (AUS) 3331 points
5 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 3194 points
6 – Samantha Cornish (AUS) 3060 points
7 – Melanie Bartels (HAW) 2544 points
8 – Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 2486 points
9 – Rebecca Woods (AUS) 2294 points
10 – Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 2268 points
11 – Julia De La Rosa Toro (PER) 2114 points
12 – Megan Abubo (HAW) 1884 points
13 – Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 1872 points
14 – Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 1692 points
14 – Karina Petroni (USA) 1692 points
16 – Nicola Atherton (AUS) 1476 points
17 – Serena Brooke (AUS) 1296 points
18 – Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 912 points*
*First replacement on the ASP Women’s World Tour