Santa Barbara pro surfer Lakey Peterson suffered an early elimination at the World Surfing League’s Lululemon Maui Pro, knocking her out of contention for a World Championship and a berth in the Olympic Games.

Peterson lost in the round of 16 against Australia’s Tyler Wright by only 1.07 points. Wright returned to competition in this event after a 17-month recovery from an illness.

Peterson’s early elimination means Carissa Moore of Honolulu and Caroline Marks of Melbourne Beach, Fla., qualified for the two spots on the U.S. women’s Olympic surf team.

Moore and Marks will finish as the top two American women on the 2019 World Surf League rankings. 

Lakey Peterson entered the final event of the season ranked No. 2 in the world behind Moore, while Marks, 17, came in ranked third.

Moore wrapped up the world title on Monday by winning her quarterfinal against Australia’s Nikki Van Dijk and Marks falling against seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia.

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Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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