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Stephanie Gilmore : photo ASP/Robertson 


 



Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic

ASP Women's World Tour event #4
Dee Why, Northern Beaches NSW
21 - 26 April 2010 

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Stephanie Gilmore ousts Sally Fitzgibbons to win Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic  |  en francais ci-dessous

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 April, 2010 : - - Dee Why, New South Wales --  Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, reigning and three-time ASP Women’s World Champion, remains on track for her fourth consecutive ASP Women’s World Title after defeating world no.2 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 19, to triumph in the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Sydney, Australia.
 
In a thrilling climax to event no.4 of the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, Gilmore came from behind to win, showing experience and patience in building 4-6ft (1.5-metre waves) at the host venue of Dee Why. Following four consecutive lay days, the world-class Dee Why point break delivered the ultimate finale, churning out high-scoring, quality waves and a massive 2000-plus crowd for the world’s top female surfers.
 
Gilmore has now won three of the four events she has contested this year after taking victory on the Gold Coast in early March before winning at Bells Beach in the same month.   “It’s incredible how good this feels,” said Gilmore. “Competing in Australia is one of my favourite things to do. I feel comfortable in these waters and have won this event a few times. I guess I’m on a roll and I’m feeling good.” 
 
Queen Gilmore made a perfect start to the 35-minute decider, showing plenty of speed, power and flow to net a 7.00 before Fitzgibbons hit back to take the lead for the majority of the final. With just under five minutes remaining and holding wave priority, Gilmore jagged a set wave, throwing out a mix of powerful, top-to-bottom manoeuvres with seamless transitions to take the win with a 7.20 and claim her third Beachley Classic title.

 


Stephanie Gilmore : photo ASP/Robertson


 
 “The conditions were really deteriorating throughout the day so I’m glad we got the final finished relatively early,” said Gilmore. “I was pretty nervous throughout the final. Sally (Fitzgibbons) has been on fire all week and she really has a good local support base in Sydney. She’s so hungry for a win. But it was all about patience and I just had to sit there and wait for a wave of consequence.”
 
Gilmore, who won the Beachley Classic as a wildcard four years ago and then as a world tour rookie a year later, finished with a two-wave combined total of 14.20 (out of a possible 20) to Fitzgibbon’s 12.40 total.
 
Gilmore claimed 1200 ratings points and the richest prize cheque of the ASP Women’s World Tour - US$20,000, as well as ensuring she maintains her stranglehold on the world no.1 ranking heading into the fifth event of the ASP Women’s World Tour season, which kicks off at Lobitos, Peru on June 5.
 
Fitzgibbon picked up 972 ratings points and US$10,000 for second place, her second runner-up finish in the past two events.
 
Fitzgibbon has also cemented herself in no.2 on the ratings after a solid start to the 2010 season, building on an equal 5th on Gold Coast in March, and an equal third at Bells Beach before a runner-up finish in New Zealand a fortnight ago.

 


Sally Fitzgibbons : photo ASP/Robertson


 
“It’s a little frustrating to get back-to-back seconds,” said Fitzgibbons. “But I’m so happy to be in the situation to reach the final and eventually go down to Steph (Gilmore). I’m happy with the result, but am looking forward to the next event.”
 
Despite a runner-up finish, Fitzgibbons remains upbeat with her ASP world no.2 status.  “Being world no.2 is a great place to be at this stage of the year,” said Fitzgibbons. “I haven’t been this high on the rankings before, but I’m definitely closer to where I want to be.”
 
Defending Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic champion Silvana Lima (BRA), 25, finished with an equal third-place finish after falling to Gilmore 11.23 to 16.84 in the opening semi-final.  Lima said she was happy to post her best result of the season, despite losing to Gilmore in a repeat of last year’s Beachley Classic final.
 
“I didn’t get any good waves, but I’m still so happy,” said Lima, who collected US$7,500 and 756 ratings points for her equal third-place finish. “I’ve finished equal 5th in the first three events, so it’s a good result for me. I want to build on this in the next tournament.”

 


Sofia Mulanovich : photo ASP/Robertson


 
Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 26, 2004 ASP Women’s World Champion, was the other third-place finisher after she was pipped in the last minute in the second semi-final 10.17 to Fitzgibbon’s 11.97. Mulanovich held the lead for the majority of the low-scoring semi-final, before Fitzgibbons netted a set wave in the last minute to post a semi-winning 7.00.
 
“It’s always good to make the semi-finals,” said Mulanovich. “I’m just stoked to be on the Northern Beaches, I’ve always loved Sydney. I would have loved to make the final, but that’s how it goes sometimes.”
 
Post semi-final, Mulanovich said she’s now focusing on the next stop of the ASP Women’s Women’s World Tour event in Peru. “I love surfing at home, it’s my favourite place in the world, said Mulanovich. “I kind of want to go backside again. I can’t wait to get home.”
 
Finishing in equal fifth today with 552 ratings points and US$5,500 were Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 23, Carissa Moore (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), 18, and Melanie Bartels (HAW), 27.  The Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic is the richest women’s prize purse of $118,000, making it the most lucrative of the eight stops of the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour. 

 


Silvana Lima : photo ASP/Robertson



COMMONWEALTH BANK BEACHLEY CLASSIC FINAL RESULTS:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.20 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.40

COMMONWEALTH BANK BEACHLEY CLASSIC SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.33 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.14
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.97 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 10.16

COMMONWEALTH BANK BEACHLEY CLASSIC QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.97 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.13
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.77 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 8.17
Heat 3: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.50 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 10.50
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.84 def. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 11.23
 
COMMONWEALTH BANK BEACHLEY CLASSIC ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 10.50 def. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 9.40
Heat 2: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 11.25 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 9.40
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 9.50 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 7.30
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.10 vs. Laura Enever (AUS) 7.25
Heat 5: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 12.65 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 10.00
Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.15 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.70
Heat 7: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 14.10 def. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 12.00
Heat 8: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.75 def. Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 7.85

 

 
Roseanne Hodge : photo ASP/Robertson


 
ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TOUR RATINGS POINTS:
1. Stephanie Gilmore(AUS) 3960
2. Sally Fitzgibbons(AUS) 3252
3. Sofia Mulanovich(PER) 2832
4. Melanie Bartels(HAW) 2628
4. Chelsea Hedges(AUS) 2628
6. Carissa Moore(HAW) 2472
7. Silvana Lima(BRA) 2412
8. Coco Ho(HAW) 2220
9. Rebecca Woods(AUS)1824
10. Paige Hareb(NZL) 1632
10. Jessi Miley-Dyer(AUS) 1632
12. Rosanne Hodge(ZAF) 1440
12. Lee Ann Curren(FRA) 1440
14. Amee Donohoe(AUS) 1260
15. Bruna Schmitz(BRA)       1080
15. Claire Bevilacqua(AUS) 1080
17. Nikita Robb(ZAF) 900 

www.aspworldtour.com
www.beachleyclassic.com

 


Coco Ho : photo ASP/Robertson

 

 

francais

Stephanie Gilmore remporte le Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 April, 2010 : - - Dee Why, New South Wales -- Dans de jolies conditions (1,5 mètre bien propre), Stephanie Gilmore vient tout juste de battre sa compatriote Sally Fitzgibbons et remporte la 4ème étape de l’ASP Women’s World Tour, avec un score de 14.20 (sur 20 possible) face au 12.40 de Sally.

Après 4 jours de days off, une petite houle de sud est arrivée sur la côte de sydney et a permis aux organisateurs de boucler le 3ème tour, les ¼ de finales, les demis et la finale de l’événement le plus « riche » du circuit international.

« Nous avons commencé très tôt ce matin pour profiter de cette houle. Les surfeuses ont pu surfer entre la pointe de Dee Why jusqu’au peak en face de la tente compétitrices. Nous avons eu une belle journée de surf. » nous confie la directrice de compétition, Layne Beachley.

Gilmore remporte une troisième victoire sur seulement 4 événements en 2010.  « C’est tout simplement incroyable comme sensation. J’adore surfer en Australie, je me sens à l’aise, j’ai ma famille et je connais bien cet événement, l’ayant déjà remporté quelques fois. Je suis sur une très bonne lancée pour 2010. » nous confie Stephanie.

La Reine Gilmore a fait un très bon début de finale (finale de 35 minutes), avec des montées en puissance et en vitesse pour scorer un 7.00 face à Sally, ce qui lui permet de prendre la tête de la série. A seulement 5 minutes de la fin, Gilmore trouve la 2ème vague qui lui permet d’enchainer les manœuvres radicales et puissantes, et finit avec 7.20. Elle remporte ainsi son 3ème titre du Beachley Classic.

« Les conditions se sont dégradées au fur et à mesure de la journée, je suis contente que nous ayions pu boucler la finale si tôt. J’étais un peu nerveuse juste avant la finale face à une Sally qui a été en feu toute la semaine. Elle voulait vraiment gagner, elle était très déterminée. Mais cette finale a demandé beaucoup de patience, et elle est restée assise à attendre la bonne vague. » confie Stephanie.

Gilmore, qui remporta son première titre du Beachley Classic alors qu’elle n’était que wildcard il y a 4 ans et une nouvelle fois l’année suivante en tant que rookie,  remporte les précieux 1200 points pour le classement et le plus gros chèque du circuit ASP Womens’ World Tour de US$20 000.
Fitzgibbons remporte 920 points et un chèque de US$10 000 et se place 2ème du classement mondial.

COMMONWEALTH BANK BEACHLEY CLASSIC FINAL RESULTS:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.20 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.40

COMMONWEALTH BANK BEACHLEY CLASSIC SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.33 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.14
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.97 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 10.16

COMMONWEALTH BANK BEACHLEY CLASSIC QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.97 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.13
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.77 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 8.17
Heat 3: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.50 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 10.50
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.84 def. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 11.23
 
COMMONWEALTH BANK BEACHLEY CLASSIC ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 10.50 def. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 9.40
Heat 2: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 11.25 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 9.40
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 9.50 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 7.30
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.10 vs. Laura Enever (AUS) 7.25
Heat 5: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 12.65 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 10.00
Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.15 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.70
Heat 7: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 14.10 def. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 12.00
Heat 8: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.75 def. Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 7.85
 
ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TOUR RATINGS POINTS:
1. Stephanie Gilmore(AUS) 3960
2. Sally Fitzgibbons(AUS) 3252
3. Sofia Mulanovich(PER) 2832
4. Melanie Bartels(HAW) 2628
4. Chelsea Hedges(AUS) 2628
6. Carissa Moore(HAW) 2472
7. Silvana Lima(BRA) 2412
8. Coco Ho(HAW) 2220
9. Rebecca Woods(AUS)       1824
10. Paige Hareb(NZL) 1632
10. Jessi Miley-Dyer(AUS) 1632
12. Rosanne Hodge(ZAF) 1440
12. Lee Ann Curren(FRA) 1440
14. Amee Donohoe(AUS) 1260
15. Bruna Schmitz(BRA)       1080
15. Claire Bevilacqua(AUS) 1080
17. Nikita Robb(ZAF) 900

www.aspworldtour.com
www.beachleyclassic.com

Previous reports:
# 1 : Commonwealth Bank Beachley Cls to roll this week

# 2 : Commonwealth Beachley Classic kicks off at Dee Why

# 3 : Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic calls it a lay day


# 4 : Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic calls lay day #2
  
# 5 : Slow in Sydney: Commonwealth Beachley Classic waits  
# 6 : Rhymes with 'lay': Beachley Classic waits another day

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