With today’s win, 6 X WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore moves into World No. 1 and joins the likes of Kelly Slater, Mark Richards and Mick Fanning as a four-time Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event winner, a testament to her strength and style in the water.
She now puts herself in a great position to hunt down her seventh World Title in the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey.
“It was such an emotional build-up to this moment and it is incredible,” said Gilmore. “I feel like all the focus is on Mick (Fanning), and it didn’t really matter what happened with the rest of the event – it was like I could sneak in and get a little ding ding and no one would even care! It took the pressure off. “The most stressful moments of my heats were right when Mick was paddling out for his heat, and it eased the pressure seeing how calm and relaxed he was despite all the pressure on him.
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Final Results:
1 - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.17
2 - Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.94
View the highlights of the event
Steph Pre-Heat with DH
Steph setting the benchmark with a lay back to take out Round 2.
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On the podium ringing the 2018 Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro