Stephanie Gilmore, has claimed her 6th world surfing crown today, besting an international field of world-class athletes on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour. Gilmore opened up this year’s season with an emphatic win at home on the Gold Coast, reestablishing herself as a threat to the title following years of pressure applied by a new generation of talent.
After three consecutive lay days, the Target Maui Pro kicked off with a bang. Tyler Wright (AUS) put her fellow World Title contenders — Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) — on red alert when she earned a near-perfect 18.90 heat total in the opening round at Honolua Bay.
Courtney Conlogue fought back tears, while explaining the injury that forced her to withdraw from the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach.