Australia surfer Stephanie Gilmore is a four-time Rip Curl Pro champion after taking out the 2018 event at Bells Beach on Thursday.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Gilmore, who let her competitor Tatiana Weston-Webb take a wave out from under her priority in the dying seconds of the final.
There were a tense few minutes for the hundreds of fans cheering for the Australian on the beach as the judges decided whether or not Weston-Webb scored the 6.80 point ride she needed to overtake Gilmore.
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But the crowd wasn’t silent for long, erupting into huge cheers and applause when the announcers revealed Weston-Webb has fallen just shy of the total needed, handing Gilmore the victory and the World no.1 ranking.
Gilmore has also rung the bell 2007, 2008 and 2010 and now becomes the only women on the world tour to have rung the famous winners bell four times.
The third leg of the women’s world tour is at Margaret River this month.
— World Surf League (@wsl) April 5, 2018