Gilmore moves up in the world rankings for a chance at another title
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 September, 2014 - Roxy surfer Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) claimed her second 2014 Women’s ASP event win at the first ever WCT Swatch Women’s Pro at Lower Trestles in California with an unmatchable performance, scoring a 10.0 and 9.5 during her final heat against fellow Roxy surfer Sally Fitzgibbons.
"What an incredible day,” exclaimed Gilmore. “I'm really happy Sally and I were able to be in the final together. She surfed so well all week and we've had a good rivalry going on. She got me in Fiji, so I'm really happy I got to win this event. Now the world title race is pretty much one of the most exciting world title races I've ever been involved in my career. I'm looking forward to going to France for the Roxy Pro.”
Stephanie Gilmore © Nicole Grodesky
This impressive win is the 18th victory on tour for the 26-year-old five-time World Champion, who looks to be hitting her stride at the peak of the season. Fitzgibbons, another tour veteran, has topped two podiums this season and proved to be a formidable opponent. In an epic final, Gilmore led with a huge right, scoring a 9.50. She quickly secured a comfortable lead on her next wave but continued to give the crowd a show throughout the rest of the heat. With her strong tactics of long lines and clean carves, Gilmore’s surfing was untouchable. Later in the heat, she pushed the limits and secured the first perfect score of a 10.00 by any surfer in the tournament, giving her a total of 19.50 to beat out Fitzgibbons’ 14.03.
Fitzgibbons had only positive remarks about the second place finish that put her at the top of the rankings. “It's been a lot of hard work and I'm really happy to be in this position,” she said. “I'll be working extremely hard and I'll be hanging onto that spot as hard as I possibly can."
By gaining a victory and 10,000 points at the Swatch Women’s Pro, Gilmore moves up to second place in the ASP Women’s World Tour standings, behind Fitzgibbons. Three more events remain this season with no clear favorite to claim the coveted championship title. The ladies’ next competition will begin on September 23 at the Roxy Pro France.