"So so frustrating. Sorry to hear you’re dealing with this BS."
Two-time champion Tyler Wright took to Instagram, hours ago, to shock fans with the announcement that she will not be competing in the just-around-the-corner Rio Pro due transit visa issues. A mere two-ish months ago, the popular Australian powerhouse was sitting high after a solid start of the season, capped by a Bells Beach win, had catapulted her to the very top of the rankings.
But then a nastiness set in. Wright tested positive for Covid at G-Land, shuttering her in the jungle. El Salvador therefore became impossible, as she was recovering from the dreaded disease but Rio, Brazil’s sugarloaf jewel, would e her comeback.
Except the ugliness is still festering.
Per her post:
Devastated to let everyone know that due to a transit visa not coming through in the specified time I am unable to make it to Brazil. All other alternative options were extensively looked into however the current travel climate meant it was impossible for me to arrive in time for the contest. Absolutely gutted, so much work went into getting me ready for Brazil with my team. Absorbing this and we keep moving forward.
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It is unclear how the transit visa got fumbled, who fumbled, but, nonetheless, a fumbling has occurred.
Her fellow professional surfers were quick to encourage.
Julian Wilson declared, “The hits keep coming. If there’s anyone up for the fight it’s you. Sorry to hear about another set back.”
Brother Owen Wright, who recently lost his spot on the championship tour, added, “spewing for you! You love a challenge but.”
Big wave star Paige Alms simply said, “So so frustrating. Sorry to hear you’re dealing with this BS.”
Which brings me back to the BS. Who fumbled? International travel can be difficult to navigate, especially in these uncertain times, but transit visa issues for an event on the calendar months and months and months out?
Cards always close to vest, I suppose.