By winning the Roxy Pro Biarritz in France on Saturday, Stephanie Gilmore took home her fifth ASP Women’s World Title. The 24-year-old Australian defeated out Carissa Moore, and Tyler Wright among others to reach the top of the podium in France.
“I woke up this morning and thought it wouldn’t happen today,” Gilmore said. “But as the day progressed, and things fell into place, I began to believe it could happen.”
Fellow Australian Sally Fitzgibbons finished as the runner-up to Gilmore in the ASP World Tour Rankings. Fitzgibbons fell out of the competition in the quarterfinals, defeated by Coco Ho of Hawaii.
“This year for me was all about improving my consistency and having fun with my surfing,” Gilmore said. “From when I started five years ago to where we are now, women’s surfing has improved so much. It’s an honor to be back up top as these girls push me everyday and are all incredible surfers.”
The only other two surfers in history to claim five or more titles are Kelly Slater and Layne Beachley.
Although the Women’s World Championship has already been decided, the ASP Women’s World Tour will conclude in a few weeks at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California.
CURRENT ASP WOMEN’S WCT TOP 5 (After Roxy Pro Biarritz):
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 48,400 pts
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 42,100 pts
3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 36,700 pts
3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 36,700 pts
5. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 34,800 pts