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New surf champ reveals Olympics ambition

AAP logoAAP 20/10/2016 Adrian Warren

New women's world surfing champion Tyler Wright believes the world title will remain her sport's biggest prize and the Olympics is more of a novelty event, but one she really wants to contest.

Wright, who a week ago in France clinched her first world title with one event to go, said on Friday winning another and getting to the 2020 Olympics were on her bucket list.

"I think winning a world title is pretty up there, just because you have to be good in everything, it's not just a one-event decision," Wright told AAP.

"For surfing, it will always be the world title (that's held is highest esteem), that's what we work for."

Used to the cut and thrust of one of the great head-to-head sports, Wright likes the idea of being part of an Australian team.

"When I was younger I was like 'maybe I could change sports and go to snowboarding or something like that'," Wright said.

"But it's brilliant to hear they've brought surfing into the 2020 Olympics.

"We already have a very very good tour and whoever wins that will ultimately be the best surfer throughout that year.

"But with the Olympics, I think it's a novelty to represent a country and to be part of a team (as) our sport is very much an individual sport

"Having that team camaraderie in Australia and representing this great nation I think that would be something (I'd be) unlikely to forget."

Asked if she seriously contemplated swapping surfing for snowboarding, Wright said "it was a joke I had with my sister, she said 'You could do it.'

"But snowboarders are absolutely crazy. I went snowboarding and we were mucking around and I was like 'No, there's no way.'"

Wright felt being an Olympic sport would gain surfing greater exposure.

"I think it's definItely a broader audience, it's a bigger audience as in people from around inland nations," she said.

Wright, 22, intends being in the sport for longer than she initially imagined.

"When I was younger and I wasn't quite sure of what I wanted out of this career, I always thought I'd be done in my mid 20s," Wright said.

"But now that I'm at this point in my career and enjoying it as much as I am, and loving it more than I ever have, it's hard to see me stopping anytime soon."

Wright, who will be the ambassador for the 2017 Australian Open of Surfing next February and March, said her life was getting back to normal after celebrating her victory in her home town with a barbecue.

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