With the 2010 ASP World Championship getting underway, the question on everyone’s mind is whether or not three-time ASP Women’s World Champion, Stephanie Gilmore, will take the title for the fourth year running.
Busting onto the scene in 2005 at only 17-years-old, Gilmore won the Roxy Pro Gold Coast as a wildcard and has since been unstoppable. Now 22-years-old, the Australian native holds the record for the most event wins at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, winning in 2005, 2009 and again in 2010. Gilmore won her first ASP Women’s World title as a rookie in 2007, and as a pro, went on to win the ASP World Championship both in 2008 and 2009. But can she do it again this year?
With the first competition, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, already completed for this year’s ASP Women’s World Tour, Gilmore has started strong. She beat out Hawaiian surfer Melanie Bartels on the two-three foots waves in Snapper Rocks, Australia, March 6, 2010, with Gilmore scoring a best two-wave combo of 12.40 and Bartles scoring a 10.35.
Even with Bartles being considered a legitimate contender for the 2010 ASP Women’s World Championship, Gilmore is still being seen as the front runner for the competition, especially with her history on the next stop of the 2010 Asp Women’s World Tour, the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia. Gilmore won the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in 2007 and 2008 but was beat out by Coco Ho in 2009. Yet, Gilmore’s panache for powerful, punchy right hand point breaks, will give her a strong advantage for this year’s Bells Beach competition taking place March 30 through April 5, 2010.
The ASP Women’s World Tour will continue April 11-16, with the TSB Bank’s Women’s Surf Festival, in Taranaki, New Zealand; followed by, the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic, April 21-26, in Dee Why Northern Beaches, Australia; the Movistar Peru Classic presented by Rip Curl, June 5-10, in Lobitos, Peru; the Rip Curl Pro, Oct 7-11, in Peniche, Portugal; The Rip Curl Search, Oct. 30-Nov. 4, at an undisclosed location; the Gidget Pro, Nov. 24-Dec. 6, on Sunset Beach, Oahu; and the Billabong Pro, which is scheduled as a tentative event, Dec. 8-20, at Honolua Bay, Maui.
Only time will tell whether or not Gilmore will make history as the four-time ASP Women’s World Champion, but she is already a seen as one of the strongest surfers of her time. In her short career, Gilmore has secured 14 elite victories, including the Beachley Classic in 2007, Movistar Peru Classic in 2008, and the Billabong Pro Maui in 2009. Gilmore also boasts five victories at the qualifying stops, highlighted by the Honda US Open in 2007, and the Midori Pro in 2008. Gilmore was recently bestowed the title of World Action Sportsperson of the year from the Laureus World Sports academy in Abu Dhabi, March 2010.
For more information regarding the ASP World Tour, both men and woman’s divisions visit their website at www.aspworldtour.com.
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