LOCAL girl Stephanie Gilmore has claimed victroy at the Cascais Women’s Pro on Monday, defeating compatroit Sally Fitzgibbons in a hard fought Final.
The pair battled at the back-up site of Bafureira in two-to-four foot waves and Gilmore posted the day’s only nine-point ride to secure the win against Fitzgibbons.
It was a vital stop for this year World Title race, with Gilmore, Fitzgibbons and fellow Aussie Tyler Wright all in contention to grab the crown.
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The women’s World Championship will now be decided at the final event of the year, the Target Maui Pro.
Gilmore was stoked with the result today.
“I can’t believe I won this event,” said Gilmore.
“I was struggling in these waves but I managed to find two pretty decent scoring rides. Sally was super tough to beat and that was a really hard one, it’s so crazy, I’m so happy I won! I’ve had such an incredible time here in Portugal, Cascais, it’s such a beautiful town and I think when you feel happy in the place that you are you always seem to get a good result.”
Meanwhile, in the men’s event over in France, John John Florence has continued his spectacular form.
The Hawaiian’s claimed the Quiksilver Pro France over Brazillian Jadson Andre.
“It has felt like such a long event and I’m so pumped to get the win in the end,” Florence said.
“We’ve had every type of condition for this event and even finishing in barrels was a lot of work. There was a lot of water moving out there and Jadson was always going to be a tough opponent. He looked super strong against Jordy (Smith) in the Semi. Pumped on the win here and the support from the crowd was really impressive.”
Florence’s win moved him from 8th to 5th on the ASP WCT rankings and has vaulted himself into contention for the 2014 world surfing crown.
“I’m really pumped with my results lately,” Florence said.
“I had a few weird things happen for me at the start of the year and I’ve made some adjustments recently. I’ve spoken to a lot of guys about the title and they all say that the title campaign actually starts the year before. I’m hoping for a few more good results this season to really make a run for it in 2015. I guess today’s win puts me in contention for this year, but Gabriel (Medina) is so far ahead that some weird stuff would have to happen.”
Andre’s runner-up finish marks the Brazilian’s first Finals’ berth since 2010, moving him from 29th on the rankings to 20th and currently inside the requalification cutoff.
The next stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour will be the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal from October 12 – 23, 2014.