Come inside for the big reveal!
Today the World Surf League released an interview with 2 x world champion Tyler Wright as to why she has been largely absent from this 2018 edition of the tour. I had heard rumors that this was coming down the pike and was very excited to learn some truths. The Wrights, Owen and Tyler, have both been plagued by extremely mysterious physical ailments over the past few years. Sensible reasons/causes etc. were never readily served up and so I was very excited, assuming all, or at least some, would be revealed today but must say after reading the just released interview feel that I too have contracted chronic fatigue.
Maybe it is the looming turkey? Tryptophan overdose etc? I don’t know but enough about me. Here’s Tyler…
WSL: You’ve officially pulled out of the final event of the season – the Beachwaver Maui Pro – and we haven’t seen you in a jersey since Uluwatu. Can you explain what went down this year?
Tyler Wright: I actually got sick in July, during the J-Bay event. I had gone to Africa early to go surf and prepare. I love J-Bay and had gone the year before just to surf, plus I thought I could get some waves before the crew got there. So I was happy to get a few surfs in.
I first started feeling ill when I went on an overnight safari. My head was on fire and so was my body. I’d never felt like that before and I actually called Mikey [Tyler’s Brother] who said he thought I needed to go to the doctor. I didn’t want to believe him so I called Jessi [WSL Deputy Commissioner] and told her how I felt and she was like, ‘please drive to the hospital’. Mikey got the medical team organized and then we went from there. I had to go to Port Elizabeth where I was admitted through Emergency.
WSL: Have you tried to compete since?
Tyler Wright: I actually was going to try and compete at the Surf Ranch Pro because I thought of all the events on the calendar that was the one that I could manage myself the best at, with the set schedule, set number of waves, etc. I even flew to California for it, that’s how convinced I was.
I came early with the idea that I would go and see Mark Kozuki [California based Physical Therapist] because he has always fixed me, and then go up to Lemoore for the training days prior. I went and saw Kozuki the day I landed and then I literally changed my flight for the next day and flew home. I spent one night in California.