Quiksilver's Stephanie Gilmore takes World Title no. 5
A brand ambassador for Quiksilver, Stephanie travels the globe | française
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 July, 2012 : - - Stephanie Gilmore took home her 5th ASP World Title at Grande Plage Biarritz, in France, on Bastille Day 2012, Saturday 14 July. With sunny skies and 4-5 foot waves Stephanie beat out Tyler Wright and staked her claim as the 2012 Surfing World Champion.
The quest for the world title was no easy feat this year. Competition was fierce and the battle for the crown was a result of pure determination and passion. “It was such a challenge to come back. It’s really rewarding! All the girls are surfing so well. I really had to give 100% in every heat that I went out to. I’m really proud of this title. There were so many people on the beach. It’s the most incredible feeling in the world”.
Kelly Slater chimed in “Wow! People seemed to have forgotten all about Steph Gilmore with the rise of Carissa Moore last year. I think that was just what she needed. The pressure has been off and she is on fire. What a great and complete season. Congrats and High Five!”.
Layne Beachley says Steph can be surfing's greatest
Layne Beachley believes Stephanie Gilmore can go on to become the sport's greatest after her fifth world title win. The 24-year-old Gilmore won four straight titles from 2007-2010 but fell back to the No.3 ranking last year when her life was disrupted by a violent assault.
After bouncing back, Beachley is confident Gilmore can go on to eclipse her women's record of seven titles and even surpass legendary men's surfer Kelly Slater, who currently has a record 11 championships to his name.
"She is still very young. She's won five world titles before I'd won one. You can't question her hunger and her desire and her talent. She obviously loves to win. I had no question that she was going to bounce back, it was just a matter of time. To bounce back as quickly as she has it's just a testament to her character and also to her tenacity".
"She's still got plenty of time to win more ... she's loving what she's doing so as long as she's in that state of mind I have little doubt that she'll smash my record and go close to equalling Kelly's."
"My heart goes out to Sal, she's come so close so many times,. It's just going to fire her up even more. She's a tenacious competitor, she loves to win. She's got the desire to win a world title and I know she's never going to quit until she gets that. I think she's going to be Steph's major rival and to beat hungry competitors like Sally you have to be on top of your game." Read more at SMH
And here's a chance for you too to win
CONGRATULATE STEPHANIE! #5STEPHA
Congratulate Stephanie by sharing your best “5s” on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win. What is a 5 you ask? Well it could be
a photo of anything from a high-five to a five-foot wave to five blades of grass, or simply a post-it with #5STEPH written on it. Join the movement
and get creative! Tag all photos with #5STEPH.
Quiksilver will be handing out $100 a day to the people who post Stephanie’s favorite photos, and the Quiksilver Foundation will donate $1 to Coeur
de Foret for every photo tagged with #5STEPH*, so get snapping!! *up to $10,000. More info here
ROAD TO #5
Newly proclaimed 5th ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore has dominated women’s professional surfing since the day she appeared on the scene as a rookie in 2007 and captured her first world title- a feat still unmatched in professional surfing. In 2012, the 24-year-old Australian will now add ‘Reigning World Champ’ to a list of accomplishments that already includes the 20 elite World Tour victories, the 2010 Laureus Action Sports Person of the Year Award and the 2011 ESPN ESPY Female Action Sports Person of the Year Award.
“Never underestimate yourself, trust yourself and your intuition, and enjoy the journey. Know that your own determination is your most powerful tool. If you’re passionate about something, then success is merely the icing on the cake.” -Stephanie Gilmore
A brand ambassador for Quiksilver, Stephanie travels the globe as a photographer, musician and philanthropist. As she wanders from New York and Paris to Mexico, Indonesia and Africa with a vintage Fender strat guitar and a Nikon camera, Stephanie combines a love of surfing with the arts, forming relationships with a global creative community across cultures and continents.
Stephanie’s philanthropic work includes Movember charity foundation, sponsoring two children in Kenya and Ethiopia, and more recently wokring with the Coeur de Foret project to help build sustainable villages in Senegal.
Congratulate Stephanie by sharing your best ‘5s’ on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win. What is a 5 you ask? Well, it could be a photo of anything from a high-five to a five-foot wave to five blades of grass, or simply a post-it with #5Steph written on it. Join the movement and get creative!
Source: Quiksilver Blog
Author: Kristen Gooding / Taylor Cotton
Tags: Quiksilver, Stephanie Gilmore, World Titles, Women's World Tour, Title Number Five