|Gilmore Makes History Again, Breaks Her Own Record With 33rd CT Win
To capture her 33rd CT victory, Gilmore defeated Lakey Peterson (USA) in the Final, Caroline Marks (USA) in the Semifinals, and Isabella Nichols (AUS) in the Quarterfinals. The seven-time World Champion showcased incredible surfing throughout the event and capitalized on her affinity for right-hand point breaks. Gilmore now moves up to the WSL Final 5 in third place from seventh, putting her campaign for her eighth World Title back on track.
“Muchas gracias, El Salvador, this is amazing,” said Gilmore. “Once I got past Caroline (Marks), I was super confident and I knew I could do it. Lakey (Peterson) is an amazing surfer, so I knew it was going to be a tough Final but it doesn’t get any better. I love doing this. I love winning, I love doing this sport. We get to travel and surf fun waves. That’s pura vida. I would love to win another World Title but it’s a long road. There’s a lot more competition to be surfed and a lot of hard work to do, but this is just an amazing experience and I’m so happy to be here.”
In the Final, Gilmore’s patience proved the difference to best Peterson. The Final was slow to start, but Peterson got the first score of substance with a 6.67 (out of a possible 10). Gilmore then posted a 7.33 inside the ten-minute mark. Only needing to beat Peterson’s 4.00 backup score, Gilmore locked in a 5.67 in the dying minutes of the Final to take the win.