Female Surfers Gather For ASP Women's World Tour 2010

From rookie to star, surfer Stephanie Gilmore keeps her cool as she reflects on past competitions and gears up for the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, starting on February 27.

Stephanie Gilmore.  Photo: ASP / ScholtzCOOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia – The world’s best female surfers have gathered in Coolangatta for the opening event of the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour season to show the surfing world what they've got.  Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, reigning three-time ASP Women’s World Champion and defending Roxy Pro Champion, is guaranteed to give an exciting performance as she joins the Roxy Pro Gold Coast from February 27 through March 10, 2010. A two-time event champion at Snapper Rocks, claiming the first as a wildcard in 2005 and her second last season sparking her third ASP Women’s World Title run, Gilmore’s experience at the venue makes her the most dangerous surfer in the event.

“Growing up on the Gold Coast, there is no shortage of quality waves to surf and people to look up to,” Gilmore said. “Definitely, a familiarity with the waves here is a big advantage when it comes to competition. That said, I haven’t been surfing much in the off-season, so I can’t say that I’m too familiar with the banks at the moment. However, that time off really keeps me hungry to get back out there and push myself."

At only 18, Gilmore was the youngest ASP Women’s World Champion to hold an ASP record ever back in 2007. Gilmore is the reigning queen of professional women’s surfing, but her massive success does not get to her head as she humbly looks forward to the upcoming event.

“I think I have experienced the range of what surfers can feel in this position,” Gilmore said. “I’ve been the rookie going for the title, I’ve been the surfer with the target on my back and now I don’t really worry about it. It feels refreshing to have experienced that because once you survive it, you don’t have to be scared of it anymore.”

With an increasing level of talent in the ASP Women’s World Tour over the past five years, all of the surfers can do no less than their best to top their competitors.

“I definitely feel like I can become more progressive and innovative,” Gilmore said. “I also feel like the ASP Judging Criteria reflects and rewards progressive surfing more and more and that contests are becoming a forum for the best surfing on the planet. Certainly the new girls on tour, Coco (Ho) and Sally (Fitzgibbons) and Carissa (Moore) all put a lot of innovation into their surfing. Silvana (Lima) has always been progressive, and all the girls are really stepping up this year. It’s an exciting time for the ASP Women’s World Tour.” 

Gilmore has been matched up with ASP Women’s World Tour sophomore Bruna Schmitz (BRA), 19, and the winner of the Roxy Pro Trials in the opening round of competition.

The Roxy Pro Gold Coast will feature the world’s best female surfers from February 27 through March 10, 2010 and will be webcast LIVE via www.roxypro.com.au 

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, featuring the ASP Top 45, will run in conjunction with the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, and in addition to being webcast LIVE, the men will be broadcast LIVE on FUEL TV in Australia.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

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