To say that the conditions on tap were average for the final day of the women's Oi Rio Pro would be a stretch. The waves weren't perfect, but the women persevered nonetheless and still put on a show.
Carissa Moore, trying to get amped before her semifinal against Tyler Wright. Photo: Miller
Moore, making the most of sub-par conditions. Moore struggled to post a high score in her semifinal heat. Photo: Moran
Considering what terrible surf Grumari offered today, this carve from Tyler Wright added some needed spice to a lackluster afternoon. Photo: Moran
Sally Fitzgibbons' consistency in Rio (she's been a finalist there five times) proved to be a weapon against points-leader Courtney Conlogue.
Fitzgibbons took down Conlogue, earning herself a spot in the finals. Photo: Moran
Security clears the way for Fitzgibbons before her showdown with Wright. Photo: Miller
Wright admitted in her post-final interview that she felt sick during the multi-day waiting period, which only doubled the challenge brought by the poor conditions and by a determined Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo: Miller
In any other session, two jams in the pocket wouldn't be worth much. But an 8.67 before the beachbreak got unruly helped Wright pull off the narrow victory over Fitzgibbons.
Tyler, proving that it's all relative. Photo: Moran
A shorter-than-average chair to the awards stage, assisted by a proud Micro Hall. Photo: Miller
Tyler Wright, your 2016 Oi Rio Pro Champion. Photo: Moran