With three ASP tour victories in 2012 and her 5th ASP Women’s World Title it has been an amazing year for team rider Steph Gilmore. Gilmore won an unprecedented four-world titles in a row from 2007 to 2010 (including her rookie year on tour), but fell back to ASP Women’s World No.3 in 2011. With her most recent win at the Roxy Pro Biarritz, Steph claimed her 5th ASP World Title and reasserted herself as one of the greatest athletes in women’s surfing and an icon of Australian Sport.
Steph started the year strong with a win at her home break Snapper Rocks, followed by a second place at Bells, and another win in New Zealand. Her third win of the year came at the Roxy Pro Biarritz against fellow Aussie Tyler Wright. This win cemented her 5th World Title and put her in an elite class of surfers to win five or more ASP World Titles.
Although Steph has a number of boards in her quiver she has found the most success on her 5’11 x 18 3/8 x 2 3/16 Ducks Nuts. She rode this board to victory at Snapper, New Zealand, and most recently in France. The Ducks Nuts is Steph’s go to board in clean, pumping conditions but also in more difficult surf as well.
When Steph isn’t competing on tour she likes to mix up what’s under her feet in the water. She has really been loving the Eager Beaver in smaller surf. With a little more volume and a little less rocker the Eager Beaver is a great board for days when the waves aren’t throwing top to bottom.
Steph has also been enjoying the Switch Blade. The Switch Blade is a DHD small wave performer with tons of paddle power, but goes good in waves with some size and power. It’s a great all around board that can handle whatever you throw at it.