Stephanie Gilmore wins ASP Women's World Tour Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic
Top-ranked surfer Stephanie Gilmore continues her march toward a fourth consecutive ASP Women's World Tour title, coming from behind Monday at the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic to beat fellow Australian Sally Fitzgibbons on 4- to 6-foot waves.
After four consecutive lay days, the waves finally shaped up enough at Dee Why Point in Sydney, Australia, to get the event completed in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 spectators. Gilmore started strong, netting a seven out of a possible 10, before the No. 2-ranked Fitzgibbons came out and took the lead for the majority of the final.
Gilmore wasn't done, though. With a little less than five minutes remaining, Gilmore jagged a set wave, throwing out a mix of powerful, top-to-bottom moves with seamless transitions to score a 7.20, giving her a total of 14.20 to beat Fitzgibbon's 12.40 score.
"It’s incredible how good this feels," Gilmore said. "Competing in Australia is one of my favorite things to do. I feel comfortable in these waters and have won this event a few times. I guess I’m on a roll and I’m feeling good."
Gilmore has now won three of the four tour events this year. This victory gave Gilmore a payout of $20,000, the richest top prize of the tour, as well as 1,200 tour points, providing a commanding ratings lead.
Fitzgibbons picked up $10,000 and 972 ratings points for her second consecutive runner-up finish.
"It’s a little frustrating to get back-to-back seconds," Fitzgibbons said. "But I’m so happy to be in the situation to reach the final and eventually go down to Steph. I’m happy with the result, but am looking forward to the next event."
That next event will be the Movistar Peru Classic, June 5 through June 10 at Lobitos, Peru.
Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic final result:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.20 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.40
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.33 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.14
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.97 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 10.16
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.97 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.13
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.77 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 8.17
Heat 3: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.50 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 10.50
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.84 def. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 11.23
ASP Women's World Tour Points Top 10:
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 3,960
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 3,252
3. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 2,832
4. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 2,628
4. Chelsea Hedges( AUS) 2,628
6. Carissa Moore (HAW) 2,472
7. Silvana Lima (BRA) 2,412
8. Coco Ho (HAW) 2,220
9. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 1,824
10. Paige Hareb (NZL) 1,632
10. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 1,632
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Stephanie Gilmore remains on track for her fourth consecutive ASP Women’s World Title after defeating Sally Fitzgibbons in the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Sydney, Australia. Credit: Robertson / ASP
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