Saturday July 14, 2012. Roxy Pro Biarritz, France
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, claimed her 5th ASP Women’s World Title today, winning the Roxy Pro Biarritz over Tyler Wright (AUS), 18 in Biarritz, France, today.
Today’s incredible achievement puts the young natural-footer in an elite class of surfers to win five or more ASP World Titles, overtaking records set by Freida Zamba (USA), Wendy Botha (AUS) and Lisa Andersen (USA). The only other two surfers in history to claim five or more titles are Kelly Slater (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).
For those watching closely, women and therefore the world have a rare talent on tour. Stephanie's talent is unsurpassed in competitive surfing. Her style, power and flow are bar none and thats not including that special something it takes to win over and over. Like Kelly, Steph is approachable, nice unassuming and humble on land (not to mention goodlooking) but in a jersey there's a vital transformation; they become competitive machines of perfection. More video and info on the way. Aloha, gq.
Surf News, 15 July, 2012 : Quiksilver's Stephanie Gilmore took home her 5th ASP World Title on the shores of Grand Plage. Amid sunny skies and 3-4 foot waves, Stephanie was all smiles as she beat out Tyler Wright and staked her claim as the 2012 Surfing World Champion. The quest for the world title was no easy feat this year, as competition was fierce and the battle for the crown was a result of pure determination and passion for the sport that Stephanie loves.
Newly proclaimed 5th ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore has dominated women’s professional surfing since the day she appeared on the scene as a rookie in 2007 and captured her first world title- a feat still unmatched in professional surfing. In 2012, the 24-year-old Australian will now add ‘Reigning World Champ’ to a list of accomplishments that already includes the 20 elite World Tour victories, the 2010 Laureus Action Sports Person of the Year Award and the 2011 ESPN ESPY Female Action Sports Person of the Year Award.
“Never underestimate yourself, trust yourself and your intuition, and enjoy the journey. Know that your own determination is your most powerful tool. If you’re passionate about something, then success is merely the icing on the cake.” -Stephanie Gilmore
A brand ambassador for Quiksilver, Stephanie travels the globe as a photographer, musician and philanthropist. As she wanders from New York and Paris to Mexico, Indonesia and Africa with a vintage Fender strat guitar and a Nikon camera, Stephanie combines a love of surfing with the arts, forming relationships with a global creative community across cultures and continents.
Stephanie’s philanthropic work includes Movember charity foundation, sponsoring two children in Kenya and Ethiopia, and more recently wokring with the Coeur de Foret project to help build sustainable villages in Senegal
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