Roxy Pro France

Women's Title Race Takes Center Stage at Roxy Pro

Anna Dimond

Don't let the smell of croissants, taste of red wine or the mouth-watering look of perfectly breaking banks fool you: For Tyler Wright and Courtney Conlogue -- World No. 1 and 2, respectively -- the Roxy Pro France is going to be one big pressure-cooker of a contest. One of two things can happen: Either Wright will become the 2016 World Champion, or the race will come down to the final event of the year, the Maui Pro.

Tyler Wright with the disappearing act. Tyler's tube savvy has served her well in France. - WSL / Poullenot/Aquashot

While Courtney Conlogue has several avenues to keep Tyler from clinching, Tyler's fate is ultimately in her own hands. If she wins the Roxy Pro (like she did last year) then the Women's World Title is hers.

Courtney Conlogue, who's currently leading the elite Tour rankings, lost her Round 3 heat at the Roxy Pro. She'll try again in the sudden-death Round 4. The 2016 Roxy Pro isn't Conlogue's first rodeo. She suffered a devastating setback here last year during her tight battle with Carissa Moore. She's looking to redeem herself this year. - WSL / Damien Poullenot

Here's a detailed breakdown of the World Title scenarios at the Roxy Pro:

If Wright wins the contest, then she will be crowned 2016 World Champion.
If Wright finished in 2nd place, Conlogue needs to win the Roxy Pro to take the race to Maui.
If Wright finishes in third (Semifinals), Conlogue has to win to take it to Maui.
If Wright finishes in fifth, Conlogue must finish in second place (Finalist).
If Wright finishes in ninth place, Conlogue has to finish in third place or better (Semis).

Wright in France, 2015
This time last year, Tyler was on a roll at the Roxy Pro, where she smoked the field and took home the win. At the time, the win marked a turning point for the seasoned tour surfer, who was starting to formulate a more goal-oriented mindset. This time around, there's quite a bit more at stake.

Each woman is arriving in France with her own set of strong points and potential hurdles. For her part, Wright is arriving as the defending event champion. Not only did Wright take home the Roxy Pro trophy last year, but she straight-up dominated in the heavy, unpredictable beach breaks. Conlogue, in contrast, finished here in ninth place.

Conlogue, Unleashed
While Wright may be the Roxy Pro defending champ, Conlogue is coming off of a win at last week's Cascais Women's Pro. Her performance, above, is just a sampling of her capabilities in punchy, European breaks.

On the plus side for Courtney, she's coming off of a coup at the Cascais Women's Pro in Portugal, where she defended her title last week. Not only was her win a likely confidence-booster, but it pushed the title race to France. Now, only a series of barrels and shifting breaks stand between her and another shot at the World Title.

Roxy Pro winner Tyler Wright with the strong frontside carve. Tyler and France get along well. - WSL / Poullenot/Aquashot

While Wright has the kind of adaptability and power game to match anything that Hossegor throws her way this week, Conlogue has less pressure. As she said Monday night before the event window opened, "I have nothing to lose."

Watch Wright, Conlogue and the rest of the Top 17 go to battle live daily on the WSL app and website, Oct. 4 - 15. starting at 8:00 am CEST, or watch the replay of the webcast starting at !!:00 am PDT.