Congrats to Steph Gilmore! After three world titles already in her bag, she starts off this season with another win at the Roxy Pro this weekend.
In punchy 2-3 foot waves, the reigning three-time ASP World Champion was able to capture an early heat lead and defeat Hawaiian veteran Melanie Bartels in the final, claiming her third title at Snapper Rocks.
“It’s definitely a dream start,” Gilmore said. “I didn’t really expect to win here. The waves weren’t so great. I definitely didn’t put in as incredible performance as I would have wanted to, and I’m sure Mel (Bartels) has the same feeling, but at the end of the day, I’m happy to win, that’s awesome!”
Gilmore first won her hometown event as a 17-year-old wildcard in 2005 and claimed top honors again in 2009.
Next event on the ASP World Tour is the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival at Bells Beach from March 30 to April 5, so stayed tuned for more info!