Roxy Pro Gold Coast
ASP World Tour Women's event #1
Snapper Rocks Queensland
27 February - 10 March 2010
Gilmore Retains ASP Womens World No. 1 Spot with Roxy Pro Gold Coast Win
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 March, 2010 : - - Snapper Rocks, Queensland Australia - - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, reigning three-time ASP Womens World Champion and defending event winner, has taken out the 2010 Roxy Pro Gold Coast in punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Snapper Rocks over fellow Finalist Melanie Bartels (HAW), 27.
The opening event of the 2010 ASP Womens World Tour season, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast enjoyed an exciting final day of competition, culminating in Gilmores emphatic win in front of a raucous hometown crowd. In a déjà vu version of last years event, the Australian and Hawaiian squared off once again in the Final, with Gilmore taking the win and the dream start to her 2010 campaign for a fourth ASP Womens World Title.
Its definitely a dream start, Gilmore said. I didnt really expect to win here. The waves werent so great. I definitely didnt put in as incredible performance as I would have wanted to, and Im sure Mel (Bartels) has the same feeling, but at the end of the day, Im happy to win thats awesome!
Todays win marks the 3rd win on the Gold Coast for the young Australian (2005, 2009, 2010), giving the natural-footer the record for most event wins at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.
Stephanie Gilmore : photo ASP/Cestari
I was definitely really relaxed but kind of nervous at the same time - just a little mixture of feelings, Gilmore said. As defending event champ and defending world champ, I guess it put some pressure on me to win this event so it feels good to win.
While Gilmore retains her ASP Womens World No. 1 ranking heading into the second event of the year, the collectively raised level of surfing on the ASP Womens World Tour will stand in her way.
Its really tough, Gilmore said. Theyre hungry and I think when you start off the year with not the result you were looking for, you just go into the next event even more focused and more hungry and its just getting harder and harder from here and then. She (Bartels) was one of the few girls really pushing us towards progressive maneuvers and really using that judging criteria to her advantage, so Im definitely going to have to surf it up for the next events.
Bartels, who went on a giant-killing rampage throughout the event, is surfing with renewed vigour and purpose and has announced herself as a legitimate threat in 2010.
Melanie Bartels : photo ASP/Cestari
Im very stoked, Bartels said. I tried to stay focused and did my best but couldnt get there for the Final. My surfing is feeling really good, but I couldnt really find the waves to let me open up there for the Final. Im still stoked though and happy with my result.
The progressive Hawaiian, who has long been touted as a legitimate ASP Womens World Title contender, has employed a coach for 2010 to help her with her headspace as she battles the best female surfers in the world.
Ive been having trouble mentally, Bartels said. Its not my surfing that I need help with. Its more mentally so she (Coach Nancy Emerson) is helping me keep positive and surrounding me with positive vibes, and everyone has been supporting me and just believing in me. Im beginning to believe in myself now, so you will see a different Mel on tour this year.
Coco Ho (HAW), 19, 2009 ASP Womens World Tour Rookie of the Year, put in a solid campaign at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, before going down to Gilmore in this mornings Semifinals. Posting an Equal 3rd in the opening event of the season, Ho has established herself as a major contender in the hunt for the ASP Womens World Title.
Chelsea Hedges : photo ASP/Cestari
Good start to the year so Im definitely stoked. Ho said. To be out at Snapper Rocks with Steph (Gilmore) is really special for me. Shes a big inspiration to me and Im happy with my performance at this event. Looking forward to Bells Beach.
Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 26, former ASP Womens World Champion (2005), saw a sensational return to form throughout the course of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, but fell short against Bartels in todays Semifinals.
Im a bit disappointed with my wave selection out there, Hedges said. I feel like my surfing is there, but I couldnt find a rhythm out there this morning. Its disappointing for sure, but all you can do is shake it off and look towards the next event.
Highlights from the Roxy Pro Gold Coast will be available via roxypro.com.au. The next stop on the 2010 ASP Womens World Tour will be the Rip Curl Womens Pro presented by Ford New Fiesta at Bells Beach from March 30 through April 5, 2010.
Coco Ho : photo ASP/Cestari
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS:
1 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.40
2 Melanie Bartels (HAW) 10.35
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.00 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 9.17
SF 2: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 13.00 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 10.30
ASP WOMENS WORLD TOUR TOP 5 (After Roxy Pro Gold Coast)
1 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2 Melanie Bartels (HAW)
3 Coco Ho (HAW)
3 Chelsea Hedges (AUS)
5 Silvana Lima (BRA)
5 Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
5 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
5 Rebecca Woods (AUS)
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# 3 : Tyler Wright wins Roxy trials, makes ASP sibling history
# 4 : Gilmore the standout on Day 1 of Roxy Pro Gold Coast
# 5 : Roxy Pro Gold Coast semi showdown pits Hawaii & Oz
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