ASP Womens World Tour 2010: Stephanie Gilmore Wins Roxy Pro Gold Coast

Stephanie Gilmore, all-time surfing champion, defeats Melanie Bartels in the Finals and takes the win at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, the first stop of the 2010 ASP World Tour.

Stephanie Gilmore Wins Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Photo: ASP/ ScholzSnapper Rocks, Queensland/Australia – Stephanie Gilmore won't stop until she's won them all.  This three-time ASP Women’s World Champion claims yet another victory at the 2010 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Gilmore adds this win at the Gold Coast to her wins in 2005, 2009, 2010, which gives the natural-footer the record for most event wins at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.

The opening event of the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour season, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast enjoyed an exciting final day of competition, culminating in Gilmore’s exciting win in front of tons of fans.

Reminiscent of last years competition, Stephanie Gilmore and Melanie Bartels faced off once again in the Final, with Gilmore surfing her way to her fourth ASP Women’s World Title.

“It’s definitely a dream start,” Gilmore said. “I didn’t really expect to win here. The waves weren’t so great. I definitely didn’t put in as incredible performance as I would have wanted to, and I’m sure Mel (Bartels) has the same feeling, but at the end of the day, I’m happy to win – that’s awesome!”

While Stephanie Gilmore retains her ASP Women’s World No. 1 ranking heading into the second event of the year, the competition of the ASP Women’s World Tour is just getting stronger.

“It’s really tough,” Gilmore said. “They’re hungry and I think when you start off the year with not the result you were looking for, you just go into the next event even more focused and more hungry and it’s just getting harder and harder from here on."

Melanie Bartels, who let her wild skills free in this competition, is surfing with renewed vigour and purpose and has announced herself as a legitimate threat in 2010.

“I’m very stoked,” Bartels said. “I tried to stay focused and did my best but couldn’t get there for the Final. My surfing is feeling really good, but I couldn’t really find the waves to let me open up there for the Final. I’m still stoked though and happy with my result.”

The progressive Hawaiian, who has long been touted as a legitimate ASP Women’s World Title contender, has employed a coach for 2010 to help her with her headspace as she battles the best female surfers in the world.

“I’ve been having trouble mentally,” Bartels said. “It’s not my surfing that I need help with. It’s more mentally so she (Coach Nancy Emerson) is helping me keep positive and surrounding me with positive vibes, and everyone has been supporting me and just believing in me. I’m beginning to believe in myself now, so you will see a different Mel on tour this year.”

Coco Ho (HAW), 19, 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour Rookie of the Year, put in a solid campaign at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, before going down to Gilmore in this morning’s Semifinals. Posting an Equal 3rd in the opening event of the season, Ho has established herself as a major contender in the hunt for the ASP Women’s World Title.

“Good start to the year so I’m definitely stoked.” Ho said. “To be out at Snapper Rocks with Steph Gilmore is really special for me. She’s a big inspiration to me and I’m happy with my performance at this event. Looking forward to Bells Beach.”

Chelsea Hedge, former ASP Women’s World Champion of 2005, gave a great performance throughout the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, but fell short against Bartels in the Semifinals.

“I’m a bit disappointed with my wave selection out there,” Hedges said. “I feel like my surfing is there, but I couldn’t find a rhythm out there this morning. It’s disappointing for sure, but all you can do is shake it off and look towards the next event.” 

The next stop on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Rip Curl Women’s Pro at Bells Beach from March 30 through April 5, 2010.  Will Stephanie Gilmore be able to stay on top?

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