Stephanie Gilmore defeats Sofia to win Billabong Pro
Stephanie Gilmore : photo ASP/CI by Scholtz via Getty Images
Billabong Pro Maui Presented by Hawaiian Airlines
ASP Women’s World Tour stop #8 Honolua Bay, Maui 8 - 20 December 2009
Stephanie Gilmore Claims Billabong Pro Maui and Vans Triple Crown | en francais ci-dessous
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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 December, 2009 : - - Honolua Bay -- Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, took out the final stop on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour today, the Billabong Pro Maui, in clean four-to-six foot (1.5 metre) conditions at the iconic pointbreak of Honolua Bay over Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 26, clinching her third consecutive Billabong Pro Maui title after three years of competition at the premier event. Gilmore wrapped up her dominating season amongst the Top 17 by claiming her second consecutive Vans Triple Crown title today as well.
Gilmore capped the year off in appropriate form after claiming her third ASP Women’s World Title at the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, when she advanced over Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 18, in the Semifinals, en route to defending her flawless record at the Billabong Pro Maui while claiming the prized Hawaiian specialty series and the beefed up $25,000 prize purse supplied by Vans.
“Once again, Maui has just been incredible and to win this event three times in a row is just awesome,” Gilmore said. “I couldn’t have been happier with the way things have gone today. Winning the Vans Triple Crown is definitely up there with winning the World Title and it’s definitely one of the biggest accolades of surfing professionally. I can’t believe it’s all happening again, it’s awesome.”
Gilmore absolutely dominated the day’s proceedings, blitzing the highest heat total of the entire 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour season by surfing a near-perfect heat of 19.67 out of 20 to usurp Samantha Cornish (AUS), 29, in her Quarterfinals heat before topping Fitzgibbons and Mulanovich en route to her second ASP Women’s World Tour win of 2009.
“I guess it’s a little surprising,” Gilmore said. “I would have thought that the highest heat total would have gone down yesterday with all of the barrels. Today there are still some rippable waves out there, but I don’t know. I just went surfing.”
Mulanovich campaigned through a lengthy day of competition, topping Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 23, Australian veteran Rebecca Woods (AUS), 25, and ASP Women’s World No. 2 Silvana Lima (BRA), 25, but was unable to top Gilmore for the victory and claimed a runner-up finish at the final event of the year to finish her season ASP Women’s World No. 3.
“It’s been a great day,” Mulanovich said. “Congratulations to Steph (Gilmore). She’s a champ and a hero to all of us and thanks to the sponsors of the event and my family and friends. It’s been a great event.”
Fitzgibbons navigated the Honolua Bay lineup with poise and maturity beyond her years and posted some amazing scores before falling in her Semifinals bout against Gilmore, but clinched an impressive heat victory over Coco Ho (HAW), 18, in the Quarterfinals on the way to her third place finish.
“I always love surfing heats with Coco (Ho),” Fitzgibbons said. “She always pushes my level up and I usually have my best heats with her. She’s also a really great friend. I wish there were more waves so we could have dueled a little bit more. She surfed amazing this year and my hat goes off to her.”
Lima, who smashed one of two perfect 10-point rides during the Billabong Pro Maui with amazing barrel riding in yesterday’s action, was in stellar form for the final day of competition, but was overtaken by former Peruvian ASP Women’s World Champion, Mulanovich, in the dying minutes of their Semifinals heat, taking a third place finish to wrap up her year while finishing ASP Women’s World No. 2 for 2009.
“The waves were a lot smaller than yesterday, but it was still good,” Lima said. “Sometimes the heats were slow, but the conditions were still great.” For Billabong Pro Maui highlights, videos, photos and more log on to triplecrownofsurfing.com or billabongpro.com. For additional ASP information log on to aspworldtour.com.
Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines Final: 1 - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.00 2 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 10.17
Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines Semifinals Results: Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.03 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.94 Heat 2: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.83 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.70
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 December, 2009 : - - Honolua Bay -- La triple Championne du Monde de 21 ans Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) a gagné le Billabong Pro Maui dans des vagues très propres de 2 mètres, sur le légendaire spot d’Honolua Bay (Hawaii) contre la Péruvienne Sofia Mulanovich (26 ans).
Depuis trois ans sur le Tour, l’Australienne gagne pour la troisième fois consécutive le Billabong Pro Maui et par la même occasion son troisième Titre de Championne sur l’ASP World Tour. Stephanie Gilmore remporte aussi pour la deuxième fois la Vans Triple Crown et les 25 000$ de bonus, juste devant Sally Fitzgibbons l’Australienne de 18 ans.
Gilmore a littéralement dominé cette journée en imposant un surf quasi parfait, notamment dans la série de quart de finale l’opposant à Samantha Cornish (AUS) où l’Australienne a obtenu la note totale de 19,67/20, avant de sortir successivement Fitzgibbons et Mulanivich pour décrocher la victoire finale. Stephanie Gilmore a aussi remporté le prix Nixon « Winner-Takes-All » et s’est vue remettre la montre Nixon spécialement créée pour la compétition, d’une valeur de 10 000$.
De son côté, Silvana Lima (BRA), qui avait scoré hier avec un superbe tube noté 10/10, était en super forme pour aborder ce dernier jour de compétition du Billabong Pro Maui. Elle a malheureusement été sortie en demi-finale face à la Péruvienne Mulanovich, et se hisse ainsi sur la troisième marche du podium. À l’issue de cette dernière étape de l’ASP World Tour 2009, la surfeuse Billabong occupe la 2nde place au classement général.