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World’s top surfer: World title bigger than Olympics

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Australian Tyler Wright is a two-time reigning World Surf League champion, which makes her an early favorite for the first Olympic surfing title at Tokyo 2020.

While Wright said surfing’s Olympic inclusion is “incredible,” her focus remains on those season-long world titles, according to the Australian.

“I wouldn’t say I get paid to win gold medals,” she said, according to the report. “I more get paid to win world titles. That’s where it comes into more perspective for me.

“My clear job is to win world titles. It takes a whole, full year to win one. It takes so many conversations. It takes so much preparation for every single individual event. So much work goes into a world title year that is really hard to question it. That’s why I think it will always be known as the biggest thing in surfing. whether the rest of the world recognizes that, I don’t think the people who surf will really care. That’s kind of the way I view it. I’m not denying that winning the gold medal wouldn’t be really freaking cool, but it’s a long way off, and I’ve got other things to focus on now.”

Like, potentially, making the Australian Olympic team.

The maximum number of Olympic surfers per country hasn’t been announced. The fields are 20 men and 20 women and will be determined in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

It could make things tricky for Australia, land of the top three women in last year’s World Surf League standings, plus another four in the top 18.

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