KINGSCLIFF’S Stephanie Gilmore is fast on her way to legendary status after taking out her third consecutive women’s surfing world title yesterday in Hawaii.
A third place at the Sunset Beach Gidget Pro was enough for the 21-year-old to retain the crown she has owned since making her debut on the professional world tour in 2007.
Wild card Hawaiian Carissa Moore took out the event, but this was Gilmore’s day.
Gilmore after her win said it was a ‘great, great day’.
Not only had she sewn up the world title but Sunset Beach had turned on fabulous conditions.
“I was stoked. It started off pretty small and grew through the day until there were solid 10-foot sets coming through. It was real Sunset,”Gilmore said.
“Three in a row, it’s just amazing.
“The first one was just relief and the second was really satisfying and this one, it’s just so hard to comprehend what’s actually going on,”
Gilmore yesterday wasn’t thinking about records such as Layne Beachley’s six consecutive championships but rather was focusing on the current surfing talent coming through the ranks.
“With each title there are more and more girls like Silvana Lima coming along, and it makes it harder each year,” she said.
The job isn’t done for Gilmore this year, with one event left on the Women’s World Tour at Honolua Bay.
It will decide the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing champion and Gilmore wants to win.
“For sure, especially with Vans coming on to put up a big prize purse of $25,000,” Gilmore said.
The Gilmores were happy yesterday and Stephanie’s highest priority was celebrating with sister Whitney in Hawaii.
Father Jeff and mother Tracy celebrated from home on the Tweed.
“She’ll really want to do well at Maui, especially this year with the big prize purse up for grabs,” Jeff Gilmore said.
“I think she will surprise herself in how she will go in the next few years; she has got that potential to continue to win contests.
“I don’t think the younger girls are going to come through and push her away.”
Mr Gilmore said the waves on offer at Sunset were fabulous and the talent of all the girls in the water was impressive.
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