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Stephanie Gilmore 4 X World Champion © Rip Curl




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Fairytale finish for Stephanie Gilmore : World title #4 then the Rip Curl Women's Pro Search crown

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 November, 2010 : - - Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, secured her fourth, consecutive ASP Women’s World Title today before securing a fairy tale finish with a win at the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search Puerto Rico.

The 22-year-old claimed the world crown after defeating Melanie Bartels (HAW), 28, in the quarterfinal before being chaired off Middles Beach.  Bartels put up an almighty fight, with Gilmore's 13.87 combined score for her two best waves giving her victory by just .10 of a point

With her Quarterfinal win Gilmore amassed enough points to knock sole remaining contender, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 19, out of the running for the 2010 ASP Women’s World Title Race.

The historic occasion marks the first time an athlete has achieved a perfect record in the professional surfing world, with Gilmore claiming the coveted crown in her rookie season and every year since. GiLMORE said that dreams really do come true.

 

 
Stephanie Gilmore 4 X World Champion © Joliphotos.com

 

In one of her strongest seasons to date, Gilmore’s comprehensive and unabated assault on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour marks the first time the prodigious natural-footer has clinched the crown before Hawaii.

The surfing sensation then backed it up by winning the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search defeating rookie sensation Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, in two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves in Porta Del Sol. In challenging conditions, Gilmore drew blood early on, locking in a near-perfect 9.80 out of a perfect 10 for a searing forehand assault on a rare clean righthander.

With her Runner-Up finish, Moore moves from 5th to 3rd on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Title Race, recording one of the most impressive rookie seasons in ASP history. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 19, was one of the form surfers of the event, consistently notching the high single-wave and heat totals each round with unmatched power and ferocity. However, the young Australian was unable to halt a late charge from a rampaging Moore in their Semifinal bout.

 


 


Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 27, posted a solid Quarterfinal win over rookie Lee Ann Curren (FRA), 21, but was unable to stop eventual winner Gilmore in their Semifinal clash.


STEPH GILMORE'S 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour Results:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast: WIN
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach: WIN
TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival New Zealand: Equal 9th
Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic: WIN
Movistar Peru Classic: Equal 3rd
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Portugal: Runner-Up
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search Puerto Rico: Win
GidgetPro Sunset Beach:TBD

Today’s ASP Women’s World Title clinching is the latest in a long list of achievements for the young Australian, which include: ASP Women’s World Tour Rookie of the Year (2007), two-time Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Titles, 15 ASP Women’s World Tour event victories and four, consecutive ASP Women’s World Titles.

While the women’s event has come to a close, the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico featuring the world’s best surfers will look to recommence with Round 3 in the coming days.

 






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