SUNSET BEACH, Oahu/Hawaii (Saturday, November 28, 2009) – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, claimed her third consecutive ASP Women’s World Title on Saturday, making history as the only surfer ever to win the prestigious crown each year she has contested it at the elite ASP World Tour level (men’s or women’s).
Winning the crown was somewhat unexpected as today’s competition began with six surfers in contention for the 2009 ASP Women’s World Title. With each heat advancement and the narrowing of the field at the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, Event No. 6 of 7 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour, the irrepressible Gilmore navigated her way to her third ASP Dream Tour Title.
“It’s surreal to win for a third time,” Gilmore said. “It’s amazing! I woke up this morning and knew it was going to be a good day. The waves were building and you sort of get that fuzzy feeling throughout the day. I really don’t even know what to think about it. I just want to thank everyone for the support that I’ve had throughout the whole year.”
Gilmore, who was focused on preparing for the Final at the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, had remained intentionally aloof to the ASP Women’s World Title possibilities on the final day of competition, and was surprised when informed she had clinched the historic crown.
“I didn’t even know it was happening,” Gilmore said. “I was preparing for the Final and gearing up and then to know I had won, my head was a bit light. To go to Honolua and not have to worry about the title going into the event is just so relaxing.”
The phenomenal natural-footer went on to finish 3rd in the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, solidifying another sterling result on this season’s ASP Dream Tour, further cementing her position as the most dominant female surfer in the world.
“I’m starting to feel more comfortable on the Women’s World Tour and go into events differently,” Gilmore said. “You get to know the breaks and it’s still my third year and I love traveling and competing and it’s such a special thing to get paid to do. I’m looking forward to next year and seeing different conditions and different waves on tour, I think there might be a couple of new stops, so yeah, I’m looking forward to having good heats and good waves.”
Gilmore’s 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour Results:
Win at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast
Runner-Up at the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach
Runner-Up at the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic
Equal 5th Place Finish at the Rip Curl Pro Search
Runner-Up at the Movistar Peru Classic
3rd at the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach
TBD at the upcoming Billabong Pro Maui
While the ASP Women’s World Title has already been decided, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (an ASP Specialty Series) rages on with the final event of the year, the Billabong Pro Maui running at Honolua Bay from December 8 – 20, 2009.
Carissa Moore Wins the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, Hawaii
Carissa Moore (HAW), 17, won the sixth of seven stops on the ASP Women’s World Tour today, the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, over fellow finalists Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 19, freshly crowned three-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, and Vans Triple Crown ratings’ leader Alana Blanchard (HAW), 19, to claim her first ASP Women’s World Tour event victory.
Moore, who entered the Gidget Pro via a Trials’ victory, stamped her authority on ASP Women’s World Tour competition when she surfed with amazing poise and maturity throughout the event’s entirety to eventually win on her home Island of Oahu.
“It’s such an honour,” Moore said. “I’m speechless right now. I never thought that I would make the Final in this event. All of the girls were surfing so well and congratulations to Steph (Gilmore) for winning the World Title.”
Moore is no stranger to ASP Women’s World Tour competition despite her young age, and had previously reached the final at a Roxy Pro Gold Coast event in 2007 when she earned a runner-up finish to Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 26. Having entered previous ASP Women’s World Tour events in the past as a wildcard, the young Hawaiian looked comfortable in the heightened level of competition.
“It definitely helps having other World Tour experience under my belt,” Moore said. “I also know surfing on the North Shore is always going to be challenging and the girls surf at such a sick level and each heat is a clean slate.”
Fitzgibbons nabbed her first Final appearance of her rookie year on tour and absolutely dominated her bouts, posting the event’s highest scores including the only perfect 10-point ride of Gidget Pro competition in the Semifinals to earn her maiden Final berth and finished runner-up to Moore.
“I was really happy to get that wave,” Fitzgibbons said. It was tricky. “There were not that many waves in that heat and I was happy to get the score and move on through to Final.”
Gilmore, who clinched her third consecutive ASP Women’s World Title just minutes before paddling out for the Final, was in amazing form throughout the event’s entirety and claimed a third place finish overall.
“There were some legitimate bombs coming in out there,” Gilmore said. “I was on a 7’0” (surfboard) all day and just stayed on the North Peak and I knew Carissa has been training with Pancho, so I figured I’d follow her around a little bit.”
Blanchard, who is currently leading the Vans Triple Crown ratings, continued to flare throughout Gidget Pro competition and wrapped up a fourth place finish. Her final appearance was no easy task, as she defeated ASP Women’s World No. 2 Silvana Lima (BRA), 25, crushing Lima’s hopes of an ASP Women’s World Title while significantly helping her own chances of requalification for the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour.
“I feel bad that I knocked out Silvana (Lima), but there’s also a lot on the line for me,” Blanchard said. “If I don’t do well at the end of the year I’ll get knocked off of the tour for next year. This is my best result of the year, so I’m happy.”
GIDGET PRO SUNSET BEACH FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.24
2 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.07
3 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.17
4 – Alana Blanchard (HAW) 11.17
GIDGET PRO SUNSET BEACH SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.40, Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.34, Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 10.33, Melanie Bartels (HAW) 5.64
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.17, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 13.83, Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.90, Coco Ho (HAW) 1.10
ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TOUR RATINGS (After Gidget Pro Sunset Beach):
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 5521 pts
2 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 4548 pts
3 – Coco Ho (HAW) 4117 pts
4 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 4071 pts
5 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 3792 pts
6 – Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 3595 pts
7 – Melanie Bartels (HAW) 3333 pts
8 – Paige Hareb (NZL) 2886 pts
9 – Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 2604 pts
10 – Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 2509 pts
11 – Alana Blanchard (HAW) 2490 pts
12 – Rebecca Woods (AUS) 2431 pts
13 – Samantha Cornish (AUS) 2388
14 – Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 2010 pts
15 – Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 1656 pts
16 – Amee Donohoe (AUS) 1638 pts
17 – Megan Abubo (HAW) 1440
Rosanne Hodge remains in Top 10 for final event
South Africa’s Rosanne Hodge,22, will go into the final event on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Billabong Pro Maui at Honolua Bay, Hawaii, ranked No. 9 and well placed to re-qualify for a fourth consecutive year at the elite level of women’s competition.
Hodge was bundled out of the Gidget Pro at Sunset Beach in last place following two low scoring heats, but SA’s sole representative on the Women’s Dream Tour will be hoping that she can maintain her record at the Honolua Bay event where she has posted her best results for the past two years – a 3rd place finish in 2007 and 5th last year.
Hodge has finished No. 12 in the yearend rankings the past two years, re-qualifying due to retirements in her first year and via her ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) ranking last year. This year she finished outside the WQS qualification spots and needs to retain her position in the top 10 on the World Tour in order to qualify for another year at women’s surfing top table.
The Billabong Pro Maui has waiting period that runs from 8-20 December.
Pictured: Carissa Moore, 17, from Hawaii, won the Gidget Pro, Stop No. 6 of 7 on the ASP Women’s World Tour in solid 2-3 metre waves at Sunset Beach, Hawaii, on Saturday.
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