5x World Champion surfer, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), celebrated a huge victory at her home break on Monday defeating ASP World Tour rookie, Bianca Buitenday (ZAF), in a heated final at Snapper Rocks. Gilmore claimed her fifth Roxy Pro Gold Coast event title, dispatched reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in the Semifinals.
It was Buitendag’s first ASP WCT Final appearance, but it was Gilmore’s day, with the local lass peaking when it counted with her powerful surfing helping her post excellent scores all day.
“I haven’t felt this feeling in a while,” said Gilmore. “It’s the best feeling in the world to have all your friends and family around and hi-five everyone. I paddled up to Joel (Parkinson) before my heat to get some of his good vibes because he kept getting so many great barrels. From the beginning of the heat I had it in my head that it’s only 30 minutes and I only had to catch two good waves and just have fun. So that’s what I did. Winning the heat against Carissa was such a big confidence booster for me. It’s going to be a long hard year but I’ll do as much as I can to try and win the Title.”
“I’m so overwhelmed by this experience. It’s a first time for me and I didn’t quite know what to expect,” said Buitendag. “It’s a bit like a dream for me. I’m giving my prize money to charity. We are so lucky and we have so much already. It goes along way.”
Reigning ASP Women’s World Champion, Carissa Moore (HAW) was eliminated in the first Semifinal of Roxy Pro Gold Coast by event Champion, Stephanie Gilmore. The highly anticipated heat was a clash of the titans, with a collective seven ASP Women’s World Titles in the water. The local hero eliminated Moore who, up until today, was the form surfer of the event. Moore leaves the event with an equal third place finish.
“I’m going to have to go away and look at what went wrong,” Moore said. “I’ve had such a great event and I was feeling really good but it just didn’t go my way today. I’m going home disappointed, but I lost in the Semifinals last year and still won the ASP World Title so I’m positive about the year ahead.”
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Final Results:
Final: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.80 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.47
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.10 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.40
Semifinal 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 15.90 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.50
Full recap and heat highlights at: aspworldtour.com