Steph Gilmore claims 6th world title

LOCAL girl Stephanie Gilmore has claimed her sixth world title over in Hawaii.

She was beaten in the last eight by American Courtney Conlogue, her first defeat at Honolua Bay.

But Tyler Wright’s defeat to local favourite Carissa Moore in the event’s final ensured the 26-year-old took out the title.


Gilmore’s success means she’s just one championship behind Australian great Layne Beachley’s record of seven women’s titles.

Wright, the powerful 20-year-old rising star from northern NSW, couldn’t force a surf-off against Gilmore which is what would have happened if she’d beaten Moore.

After defeating American Lakey Peterson and South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag on Friday, Wright couldn’t overcome hometown girl Moore.

The Hawaiian scored an imposing 18.23 out of 20 in the final, with Wright only managing to post 14.03.