Australian surfer Stephanie Gilmore has claimed her seventh world surfing title, equalling the record set by former champion Layne Beachley.
Gilmore claimed the win after title rival Lakey Peterson failed to move past the second round of the Maui Pro in Hawaii this morning.
Peterson came up against Hawaiian Alana Blanchard, who made things difficult for Peterson by notching up two waves of 7.60 and a 5.50.
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Peterson needed a 7.83 in the dying minutes but could only manage a 5.27, handing Gilmore the world title.
“I was not expecting this right now,” Gilmore said after the win.
“I can’t believe it.”
The work isn’t over for Gilmore just yet, she still has to compete in round three of the Maui Pro.
— World Surf League (@wsl) November 26, 2018
Gilmore has now equalled Layne Beachley’s record of seven world surfing titles, which she set in 2006 before retiring from the ASP World Tour in 2008.
Gilmore had a message for Beachley after matching her feat.
“It’s an honour to sit alongside you Layne,” Beachely said.
“You’ve been a huge inspiration for my entire career and for so many female surfers around the world and to equal you is amazing.
“Thanks for setting the standard.”When asked how many more titles she wanted to win, Gilmore remained coy.
“I’m just going to lap up seven,” she said.
— World Surf League (@wsl) November 27, 2018