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Gilmore Wins Rip Curl Search Puerto Rico

| posted on November 01, 2010

Today in Puerto Rico, Stephanie Gilmore won her fourth consecutive World Title in only four years on Tour. But that wasn’t all she had her eyes set on today. With Stephanie’s win in the Quarterfinals against Melanie Bartels, she clinched the World Title, and her first celebration and champagne shower of the day commenced. She then went on to dominate her Semifinal, setting up a Final with Carissa Moore to decide this year’s Women’s Rip Curl Pro Search.

Steph Gilmore clinches No. 1 for the fourth consecutive year. Photo: Ellis

Steph Gilmore clinches No. 1 for the fourth consecutive year. Photo: Ellis

With things beginning slowly for Stephanie in the Final, it seemed as if all the earlier excitement was causing her to struggle to maintain her momentum. That was until mid-way through the heat when she found a nice lined-up wave and surfed it to perfection—or close to it—as the wave score came in at a 9.8. With that wave, her best of the event, Stephanie took the lead and set herself up for her second celebration and champagne shower of the day. Does it get any better? I don’t think so.

No girly half-turns here. Photo: Ellis

No girly half-turns here. Photo: Ellis

Carissa Moore, answering back. Photo: Ellis

Carissa Moore, answering back. Photo: Ellis

Now, at only 22 years of age and already with four titles, Steph could possibly be the first to challenge Layne Beachley and her record seven Women’s World Titles—then potentially set her sights on Kelly Slater and his soon-to-be record 10 Men’s World Titles. If Steph keeps winning every year, like she has so far, we will see her on her 11th World Title at only 29 years of age.

Impressive surfing today, unbelievable career so far, and limitless potential for the future. With Kelly Slater most likely walking away from competition shortly, it looks as if young Stephanie Gilmore will be taking over as the most accomplished men’s or women’s competitor actively competing. Exciting days for women’s surfing lie ahead, as the next generation will have to aim high if they are to rise up to her level.

Amid throngs of fans, the Rip Curl crew carries their prized team rider to the podium. Photo: Ellis

Amid throngs of fans, the Rip Curl crew carries their prized team rider to the podium. Photo: Ellis

Fellow finalist and future World Title contender Carissa Moore. Photo: Ellis

Fellow finalist and future World Title contender Carissa Moore. Photo: Ellis

World No. 2 Sally Fitzgibbons, another surfer hot on Steph's heels. Photo: Ellis

World No. 2 Sally Fitzgibbons, another surfer hot on Steph's heels. Photo: Ellis

Melanie Bartels, giving Steph a run for her money in the Quarterfinals. Photo: Ellis

Melanie Bartels, giving Steph a run for her money in the Quarterfinals. Photo: Ellis

Steph, substatiating her position at the top of the rankings. Photo: Ellis

Steph, substatiating her position at the top of the rankings. Photo: Ellis

Victory on the podium, Part 2. Rip Curl Search Champion and 2010 ASP World Champ 2010. Photo: Ellis

Victory on the podium, Part 2. Rip Curl Search Champion and 2010 ASP World Champ. Photo: Ellis

The champ, backstage with Rip Curl teammate Taylor Knox. Photo: Joli

The champ, backstage with Rip Curl teammate Taylor Knox. Photo: Joli

For an exclusive interview with Steph Gilmore click here.