2013 DRUG AWARE MARGARET RIVER PRO. WOMEN'S ROUND 2, HEAT 3
1ST RED. 18.87 PTS. STEPHANIE GILMORE (9.50, 9.37)
2ND BLUE. 12.50 PTS. SOFIA MULANOVICH (7.50, 5.00)
Hurley Pro - Final Wrap
The undeniable high light, and most pleasant suprise, of the event for me had to be the Mick Fanning episode.
He called me after R1 asking if I could help him with a board for the tiny surf we had to start with. He came down and we looked at his equipment, and decided to do a couple boards. While at the shop he digs around and grabs an old KA trade in Sub Driver. 5 '11 18.88 2.25 with KA's signature 12" wide nose (Check photo of him holding it on the beach) and giant tail block. Micks normal board is about the same length, but only 18.38 and a nose thats well under 11.50" wide. He ran off with it and then proceeded to go looney on the thing for the remainder of the event.I don't think he looked as tack sharp or precise as he does on his narrower boards, but he sure looked fun, loose and lively. He told me it was the most fun he had in a contest in a long long time.
I have to admit I have never seen one of my boards surfed like that. Taj, Kolohe JW...none of them have that same wrap that only Mick possess.
I watch his heats on demand and just think that my friend Darren Handley sure has one hell of a masterfull RnD guy to work with...Damn. By the end of the week I shaped him one a bit closer to his typical board to bring to Europe...see the stoke. I am in awes of his surfing.
SNAPPER ROCKS, Queensland/Australia (Sunday, March 4, 2012) – The final day of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover culminated today with perennial ASP World Title threat Taj Burrow (AUS), 33, and four-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, taking the respective wins in clean two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at the primary venue of Snapper Rocks.
Gilmore is back on top after an emotional victory at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast at her home break of Snapper Rocks today.
Gilmore, 24, scored a 9.2 wave in the last minute to defeat Sydney’s Laura Enever 16.37 to 14.2 in the 30-minute final to reclaim the No.1 spot on the ASP world rankings. A position Gilmore lost to Moore exactly one year ago at the Snapper Rocks event.
Gilmore said this season already feels like a complete flip-side to last year, when she was attacked by a man wielding an iron bar at her Tweed Heads home shortly before the first event of the year.
Gilmore added that the women’s standard was unsurpassed this year and twenty-year-old Enever was a definite contender.
Gilmore advanced to the final with a convincing 18.30 to 15.00 win against Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the semi-final, while Enever locked in a final-minute ride to defeat Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.70 to 16.17 in the first semi-final.
Enever went one better than she did at last year’s Roxy Pro Gold Coast when she finished third to feature in her first world tour final. The now world ranked no.2 surfer pushed Gilmore all the way but was forced to settle for second against the in-form Gilmore.
The win was Gilmore’s fourth Roxy Pro Gold Coast title after victories in 2010, 2009 and as a wildcard in 2005. Her wins in 2010 and 2009 were the launch pad for her successful World Title campaigns, while her victory today was a triumphant return to the Snapper Rocks victory dais.
A gracious Enever congratulated Gilmore and was ecstatic to make her first World Tour final.
Bells Beach will host the next ASP Men’s and Women’s World Title events from April 3 to 14.
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ROXY PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.37
2 – Laura Enever (AUS) 14.20
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Laura Enever (AUS) 16.70 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.17
SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.30 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.00
CURRENT ASP WOMEN’S TOP 3 (After Roxy Pro Gold Coast):
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10,000 pts
2. Laura Enever (AUS) 8,000 pts
3. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 6,500 pts
3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 6,500 pts
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Featuring Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, Ace Buchan and Taylor Knox surfing Lowers......Need we say more?!
Warning: You may laugh and feel the need to go surfing immediately following your viewing.