Stephanie Gilmore wins 2014 Roxy Pro
Gilmore Back On Top
After an uncharacteristic 2013 season with no event wins, five-time World Champ Steph Gilmore returned to form at the Roxy Pro. "I haven't felt that feeling for a little while. I guess it's been a couple of years. It's the best feeling ever," Gilmore said of her win. The victory puts her at the top of the Women's ASP World Tour and gives her plenty of momentum after she looks to bounce back after an inconsistent year.
Winning her fifth Roxy Pro title, Gilmore was all business on the final day. "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," Gilmore said afterwards.
With a second-place finish at the Roxy Pro, 2013 ASP rookie of the year Bianca Buitendag starts her second year on the good foot. The South African currently ranks second on the ASP Women's World Championship Tour.
Reigning Women's ASP World Champion Carissa Moore was a definite fan favorite and seemed poised to win the entire contest until Gilmore stopped her in her tracks in the semifinals.
At age 26, Gilmore is once again ranked No. 1 in the world after her win at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.
Moore scored the highest heat total of her career in Round 3: 19.50 out of a possible 20.00. Needless to say, she seems intent on defending her title this year.
Snapper Rocks, Australia
There were waves for days this week at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast of Australia. Along with a larger prize purse, the ASP women also enjoyed quality surf throughout the Roxy Pro.
"I seriously couldn't have started my year better," beamed Australian rookie Dimity Stoyle, who finished ninth. "I can't believe I just scored a 9 and an 8 in my first heat."
Courtney Conlogue displayed some classic, old-fashioned power surfing with a new school twist, turning heads and winning fans. The torque and power in her turns garnered excellent scores from the judges in Rounds 2 and 3.
Local knowledge is always a key asset, even when it comes to getting in the water. Back in fighting form, native Goldy girl Stephanie Gilmore made the most of every opportunity she was presented with.
Sally Fitzgibbons soared straight into the quarterfinals after winning her Round 3 heat, but she made an earlier exit from the contest than was expected when she faced a very in-form Lakey Peterson.
Last year's world No. 6, Coco Ho of Hawaii, sets her fins free in Round 2 of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.
Nikki Van Dijk
It's not easy surfing in your first ASP World Tour event, but rookie Nikki Van Dijk managed to put some pressure on veteran Steph Gilmore before the five-time world champion eliminated Van Dijk in Round 2.