The amazing Steph Gilmore (AUS), 22, has claimed her fourth, consecutive ASP Women’s World Title, making history at the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search Puerto Rico - whohoo and big big props for that Steph!
Her Quarterfinal win over Melanie Bartels (HAW), 28 gave her enough points to knock sole remaining contender Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 19, out of the race for the 2010 ASP Women’s World Title Race even before the last events.
“I’m really at a loss for words right now," Steph said afterwards. “Mel (Bartels) is one of the most dangerous surfers in the world and has had my number on several occasions. Even on that last wave there, I was certain she’d got the score. I was blown away when they called it out and I’m rapt right now."
The historic occasion marks the first time an athlete has achieved a perfect record in the professional surfing world, with Gilmore claiming the coveted crown in her rookie season and every year since. Steph didn't even think of that. “To hold a record that Layne (Beachley) or even Kelly (Slater) never got is pretty special. I never thought I would even win two consecutive titles so to win four is a massive achievement for me."
To check out the latest action of the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search Puerto Rico, watch the live webcast at live.ripcurl.com
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