Six-time world champion Steph Gilmore wins in Brazil
She’s a very great champion, and she has proved it again.
Stephanie Gilmore won the Oi Rio Women’s Pro on Wednesday, May 16th, the fourth round of the WSL World Surfing Championship, which was held in Saquamera, Brazil.
The six-time World Champion battled through four rounds Wednesday, taking down Caroline Marks (USA) in Round 3, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in quarterfinals, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in half and Lakey Peterson (USA) in the final. Not only does Gilmore’s win mark her 28th CT victory but also her first CT win in Brazil.
“That was a really crucial Final because Lakey (Peterson) has had a win and I’ve had a win,” said Gilmore. “I just want it. I want it really bad and that is what it takes. It feels good. I just love competing. It is such a good challenge to be out there and to have this stage to perform on is really special. I’ve been doing this for a while but it never gets old. This is just the beginning.”
With this Brazilian victory, Steph Gilmore accentuates her lead in the 2018 world ranking, with 2 successes in four events.
Despite the loss, Lakey Peterson is in a strong position to hunt down her first World Title this season. The Californian started her year with a big win on the Gold Coast and continues to raise the bar at each event. En route to her runner-up result, Peterson dispatched crowd-favorite Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) in the Semifinals and three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in the Quarterfinals.
“A World Title is my goal,” said Peterson. “I am just trying to take it one event at a time. I feel like the momentum is working for me right now, but it is also working for Steph (Gilmore) right now. She is obviously in a great groove and she’s got an extra win on top of me, and I am aware of that. She’s such a phenomenal competitor and surfer.”
Congrats Stephanie, this season promises to be awesome for surfers girls !
Pic : WSL/ Damien Poullenot