|Fresh off her 30th CT event win at the recent Corona Bali Protected, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) comes to Margaret River leading the 2019 World rankings. The seven-time WSL Champion owns hardware from almost every location from around the planet, but Margaret River is one stop she has yet to win. After a victory less than a week ago, Gilmore hopes this year will be hers at the Margaret River Pro.
“West is best because, I mean, it’s beautiful,” Gilmore said. “Look around at the coastline, the scenery, the surf, the landscape, the food – it’s all amazing. It’s such a crispy and fresh place to come and rejuvenate and get adventurous looking for waves. Winning in Bali was great for a number of reasons but mainly because I’m back leading the rankings, which is huge for my confidence. I lost my lead after a few average results at the first two events so I’m really happy to be back on top and will hopefully hold onto that spot for as long as I can.”
With 55 CT victories to his name, 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) is undoubtedly the most winningest surfer in history. One event trophy that continues to elude him is a Margaret River Pro title. After his best result of the season so far in Bali, a reinvigorated Slater eyes off a historical win this year in Western Australia.
Watch Slater’s interview at the Margaret River Pro Press Session