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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Re Wright the Record

Is it me, or has the official ASP statistician been really busy rewriting surfing's record books?

After all the new accomplishments on the Men's Dream Tour, a new record was set yesterday, as 14-year-old Tyler Wright became the youngest ever surfer to win an ASP World Tour event.

Wright iced Silvana Lima, of Peru (almost ten years her elder at 23) 13.64 — 12.84, in the finals of the Beachley Classic. This event had the highest points and prize purse of the year. What does a 14-year-old kid do with $29,670 Australian dollars?

All that money will ensure Tyler Wright some real exposure to start her pro career (and unlimited texting.)

And Wright isn't even a regular Womens Tour competitor. She just qualified for this event in the Oakley trials on Thursday of last week. According to the ASP Stat Book, the record for the youngest woman to ever win an event was Frieda Zamba, who took the 1982 Mazda Surfsports at age 16. But Wright isn't just the youngest woman, she's the youngest surfer. Nick Wood was also 16 when he won the Rip Curl Pro at Bells in '87. Wright will probably hold this record for some time.

"These are girls that all of us grommets look up to, and to just be competing with them is an honor," Wright said. "I had no expectations whatsoever this week for myself and I think that really working in my favor."

The surf was pretty good for the women right until the final, when it got a little dribbly. Just two weeks ago, Wright qualified for the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships. So what next for the supergrom?

"I think I am just going to go home and chill out and let it all sink in," she said yesterday.

"And then kick back with a cold glass of chocolate milk, watch a little One Tree Hill, and ponder world domination." Okay, I made that last part up, but you get the idea.

In the women's World Tour race, Sophia Mulanovich holds a 350 point lead over Gilmore, who is just slightly ahead of Layne Beachley. Lima moves up to #5.