Today, two-time World Champion Tyler Wright paddled out for her opening heat of the 2021 Championship Tour at the Maui Pro presented by ROXY, wearing an updated jersey showcasing both the Australian flag and the Progress Pride flag.
The WSL proudly supports Tyler in using her platform as a World Champion and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community to express a message of inclusivity. We believe surfing is for everyone and are incredibly proud of our athletes.
Statement from Tyler Wright's Instagram:
The 2020/2021 @WSL Championship Tour starts today here in Maui. It marks the beginning of my second decade competing at this level.
Today for me feels like another step in my realisation of my true and authentic self. As a proud bisexual woman of the LGBTQ+ community as well as an Australian, I'm delighted to be able to represent both this year on my competition jersey. The number change to 23 represents, to me, a new phase of my career and my growth as a human. The Progress pride flag represents a love that opened my eyes more to who I really am.
After a decade and two world titles, I've been evaluating what I do with my life and surfing career but more importantly, WHY I do it.
I want to win. I will win so I can continue to use this platform as a place to have conversations about identity, humanity and inclusivity. I'm blessed to able to have a platform in the @WSL, and I feel a responsibility to use it in a way to give voice and empower others. Hopefully, I can encourage others to embrace exactly who they are and to feel safe, expressing that in a way that is best for them.
I'm looking forward to what I can accomplish this season and the conversations we can have as a community. I'm surfing with more intention than ever before.
I have been truly loved and seen in this life, and it's a sort of love that makes me feel like I can be exactly who I am. Forever humbled and always learning.
Surfing is for everyone @wsl