True to her word, Stephanie Gilmore hangs on to the yellow rashie one more time as she snatches her very first win in Brazil.
The six-time world champion defeated current World No. 2 Lakey Peterson by sticking to her guns and her quality frontside surfing. She managed to find some inside rights and scored a total of 11.53 versus Peterson’s 8.00.
“I’ve been trying to get a victory in Brazil for a long time,” Gilmore said after the heat. “I love competing, it’s such a great challenge to be out there and to have this stage to perform on. I’ve been doing this for a while but it never gets old. It’s so cool to feel nervous and freaked out and challenged.”
Coming from her recent win at Bells Beach, Gilmore’s Oi Rio Pro victory secures her World No. 1 position and brings her closer to her seventh World Title. Claiming she wants this year’s title “really bad,” Gilmore hopes that her change in perspective will help her get the job done.
“For a few years there I was sort of half-hearted with things and I realized that you can’t be that way if you want to win,” said Gilmore.
She also shares that she’s working on her backside surfing and hopes to do big airs like Filipe Toledo saying, “If I ever do an air like Filipe’s I’d probably retire straight away.”
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