WSL Championship Tour : Stephanie Gilmore Claims Historic 7th Surfing World Title at Beachwaver Maui Pro
Tuesday 27 November 2018 –
“I was not expecting it to happen just then,” said Gilmore in an emotional post-heat interview. “I was feeling so nervous, that was an intense heat and Alana (Blanchard) just went to town. I can’t believe it. I just want to thank everyone, my friends and my family and everyone that gets me here and lets me do what I do. My parents are back in Australia, all my friends that flew here to watch and my sister Whitney, who does so much for me. I want to thank everyone at Roxy and everybody that’s helped me and supported me in my career up to this point. The WSL, every single thing they’ve done for us, for the women, it’s just unbelievable. All the locals for letting us surf Surf #Surf this wave to ourselves. Everyone who puts on this event, my coach Jake Patterson, my shaper Darren Handley, who’s made the best boards for me for the last 13 or 14 years. Without all these people I couldn’t have done it. I’d like to dedicate this win to Pierre Agnes.”
This victory sees her equal the record Record #sailingrecord for the most women’s world titles (currently held by Layne Beachley) and puts Gilmore, 30, in an elite class within surfing’s World Champions - only two other individuals have accomplished the feat of earning seven World Titles: Beachley (AUS) (7) and Kelly Slater (USA) (11).
“Layne, it’s an honor to sit alongside you,” continued Gilmore. “You’ve been a huge inspiration for my entire career and for so many female surfers all around the world so to equal you is amazing. Thank you for setting the standard. I’m just going to lap up seven titles - this is so, so cool.”
Gilmore won her first world title in her rookie season (2007) and became the first surfer ever (male or female) to accomplish such a feat. She went on to claim three more consecutive titles (2008, 2009 and 2010) and has racked up an impressive 29 Championship Tour victories during her career, second only to Slater.
The now 7X World Champion (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018) narrowly missed out on clinching her seventh title in Maui last year, but came into the event this year in first place on the Jeep Leaderboard with three of event wins so far this season at Bells Beach, Australia; Saquarema, Brazil and Jeffreys Bay South Africa. A thrilling year-long battle with Lakey Peterson (USA), who was on the hunt for her maiden world title, saw the pair trade the Jeep Leader Jersey until Gilmore’s cemented her place atop the rankings following her with at the Corona Open J-Bay.
Gilmore is also the 4X defending event winner in Maui and will look to top off her incredible season with one final victory in Honolua Bay. The newly crowned World Champion sailed through her Round 1 and 3 heats with her impeccable form.
Stephanie Gilmore’s 2018 WSL Championship Tour Results:
- Roxy Pro Gold Coast: 5th
- Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach: 1st
- Oi Rio Women’s Pro: 1st
- Corona Bali Protected: 5th
- Uluwatu CT: 3rd
- Corona Open J-Bay: 1st
- Vans US Open of Surfing: 2nd
- Surf Surf #Surf Ranch Pro: 2nd
- Roxy Pro France: 2nd
- Beachwaver Maui Pro: TBD
Stephanie Gilmore’s Championship Tour Career Rankings:
- 2018: 1st
- 2017: 2nd
- 2016: 6th
- 2015: 12th
- 2014: 1st
- 2013: 5th
- 2012: 1st
- 2011: 3rd
- 2010: 1st
- 2009: 1st
- 2008: 1st
- 2007: 1st
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