Australia’s deep-thinking, down-to-earth surfing champion


There’s no doubt Tyler Wright is a winner. At the mushy age of 23, the two-time surfing global champion is a veteran of the Women’s World Surfing League; a excursion which has observed her compete for 10 months of the 12 months since she was once 16.

As the 2018 season kicked off its first leg at the Roxy Pro in Australia in March, the reigning global champ gave the impression correctly located to hold that trophy over her head for a third time in her career. But, alas she exited the comp inside the quarterfinals. Unperturbed through her loss, the Jeep Ambassador tells myBody+Soul, an innate pressure to win isn’t necessarily what pushes her to compete.

“It sounds weird, because you’d think it comes with the territory of being in a competitive sport, but I don’t know if I’m actually that competitive,” Tyler says about her standpoint in opposition to her fruitful career. “I love the game. There’s rules and you have to be smart—you have to play better than another person—but I don’t mind if I lose the game because someone playing outsmarted me.”


For the Culburra local, surfing is just part of lifestyles’s “really cool path of mystery and evolution”, a adventure she says keeps her “intrigued”. Under the guidance of her surf trainer Glen ‘Micro’ Hall, she manages to cultivate an approach where a personal largest potency is additional satisfying than an outright victory.

“Generally, I’m content with how I view [surfing] because it makes it a lot easier to not be so results based,” says Tyler. “I’ve had heats where I’ve made 17 mistakes and I’ve won. Technically I’ve got a victory and people are congratulating me, but all I see is the 17 mistakes I made. Then there’s heats where I’ve done everything sound and lost, but I wouldn’t change a thing.”


Buttrade is something that Tyler has inevitably professional since beginning her professional career as a young person. As a more youthful surfer, while she was once powerfully ripping by the use of waves with an ease that challenged a couple of of her male opposite numbers, the actual fact remained was once she was once a lady, growing up in a bikini beneath the watchful gaze of the game’s media and spectators, not able to escape the familiar sting of self-consciousness that includes puberty.

“It took me a long time to accept the type of body that I have because I would watch other people who I guess were skinny or lighter and I would think, ‘I’m not any of those things,’” says Tyler, who stands at 170 centimetres and 68 pounds of natural muscle. “But eventually I was like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me? Like, the amount of times I should have broken my body is ridiculous!”

That refreshing gratitude method nowadays Tyler freely credit score her “strong” frame with allowing her to have a career.

“My body means I can do things I shouldn’t be able to do because, realistically there are so many times where my bones should have broken or I should have torn but I never really have, apart from one or two injuries,” says Tyler, who overcame a niggling knee state of affairs at the path to her 2017 victory. “I guess I changed from being self-conscious about not being like other people to appreciating that my body can get the shit kicked out of it and still be okay.”

Tyler reasons, “At the end of the day your body is what it is. You don’t really get a choice in it, it’s more important to be happy and healthy than anything else.”


In words of being pleased, Tyler says something that has saved her sane at the excursion is her connections with other skilled surfers.

While she has the blessing of having her family on excursion – her brothers Owen and Mikey Wright moreover surf at the Men’s WSL excursion – she says making friends out of her fellow female fighters is very important for these kind of months in the street.

“It’s actually lovely to have friends on the tour because they’re some of the nicest and greatest humans,” says Wright. “Some of the girls I absolutely love as humans, and whatever happens in the water will never have a different effect on me, win or lose.”

“You can have a day of competition and have a drink after and catch up. Things like that make tour life a lot easier.”


In the last few years demanding situations outdoor of surfing have offered themselves to Tyler reasonably too in most cases. In 2015 her older brother Owen Wright suffered a tense thoughts injury after wiping out on a wave on Hawaii’s North Shore and Tyler took day trip to lend a hand along side his recovery. More simply in recent times her mum Fiona Wright has had her private smartly being issues and for Tyler, those have only further fuelled her experiential standpoint to lifestyles and competition.

“I’ve had too many things happen in life to give me perspective to really get bummed out about losing a heat,” says Tyler of the rigors of the last few years. “There’s just so much more to life and you have to have a good balance.”

That balance is what motivates Tyler right kind now, who hopes to have the benefit of surfing, and likely a success, for future years again.

“My aim now is for a sustainable career over anything else and I find that through balance I’m getting better at knowing when to turn on and knowing when to switch off,” Wright says.

“I still haven’t figured out the right formula for me just because obviously my life has been constantly changing with Owen one year and mum the next, but now, this year it’s just me figuring out that delicate formula.”


“It’s not really as hectic as what people think it is!” Tyler tells myBody+Soul. “It was once as soon as demanding then again the former 8 months it’s in reality mellowed proper all the way down to ultra-cruise.

“At the second one it’s like Alex the Astronaut, and obviously my brother’s female friend, Kita Alexander, and Jack River.”

Wright says she gravitates in opposition to singer-songwriters because of, “I think they are telling people’s stories and sharing a part of themselves.” Adding that expression “is something I will never do and, the whole sharing of an experience in a public way is something I respect enormously.”

**myBody+Soul travelled to the Gold Coast do this interview on account of Jeep Australia, celebrating its release of the all-new Jeep Compass.**

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