Roxy Pro Gold Coast 2010: Hear From Stephanie Gilmore After Round 1

With Round 1 of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast 2010 in the past, the girls reflect on their performances and get set for the next rounds. Stephanie Gilmore takes the lead with impressive scores.

Stephanie Gilmore.  Photo: ASP / CestariThe Roxy Pro Gold Coast 2010, the opening event of the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, completed Round 1 this morning in clean two-to-three foot waves at Snapper Rocks, with the world’s best female surfers giving top-notch performances. 

The 22 year old Stephanie Gilmore from Australia, reigning three-time ASP Women’s World Champion, has been a highlight in the competition so far. Already in Round 1 she showed off her unmatched talent and achieved an unbelievable 17.37 out of a possible 20. 

“I just went out there and caught a lot of waves and it's pretty fat, but there are sections out there if you can sniff them out,” Gilmore said. “Tyler (Wright) fought back in the end which is really awesome, showing people that she might be combo-ed, but is going to fight back, so Round 3 is going to be really good.”

After Stephanie Gilmore’s performance today in Snapper Rocks, Australia, all eyes are on her to see if she can maintain this high level of surfing in the next rounds. 

"It's only the first heat so we can't get ahead of ourselves,” Stephanie Gilmore said. “I'm just excited to see the level of surfing from all the girls today."

Lee Ann Curren, 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie and daughter of legendary three-time ASP World Champion Tom Curren, blitzed her opening heat of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast 2010, posting a 16.07 out of a possible 20 to advance directly through to Round 3.

“It's my first heat being on the World Tour so it's really important to win it and I'm so stoked. I got some good scores and it was important to win that first heat because in Round 2 there is going to be some very hard heats.”

In a battle that saw the lead flip-flop between all three competitors, Curren pulled out the heat win with some last-second heroics that saw her post a 7.57 out of a possible 10 on the final wave of the heat, to take the lead.

“I didn't get a lot of waves during the heat. I had a good one at first and then waited so I was kind of scared that Sofia (Mulanovich) would get a really good score and come before me and finally I had that last wave, with a really good wall and I had so much fun on it.”

Coco Ho (HAW), 2009 ASP Women’s World Rookie of the Year, tried to prove herself in Round 1, as she battled her senior competitors for a position behind the rock.

“There was definitely not a lot of surfing and a lot more paddling behind the rock out there,” Ho said. “The two other girls in my heat are a bit older and they definitely took advantage of that, but I'm not a rookie anymore so I put my foot down and I actually had to say something to Claire (Bevilacqua) about it behind the rock, but it's how it goes.”

ROXY PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 1 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.20, Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.33, Paige Hareb (NZL) 9.53

Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 11.70, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 9.07, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 7.66

Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.37, Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.54, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 9.73

Heat 4: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 12.00, Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.04, Nikita Robb (ZAF) 7.60

Heat 5: Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 16.07, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 14.20, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.57

Heat 6: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 16.63, Amee Donohoe (AUS) 9.93, Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 6.90

ROXY PRO GOLD COAST ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Bruna Schmitz (BRA), Nikita Robb (ZAF)

Heat 2: Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)

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