The six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore, from Australia, claimed her sixth Roxy Pro title today after defeating Lakey Peterson in the Final. Today’s win marks Gilmore’s 25th elite tour victory and her first since the Cascais Women’s Pro in 2014. The result will move Gilmore up from 6th to 1st on the Jeep Rankings.
I can’t believe it, I’ve been visualizing holding that trophy so much. It was so hard against Lakey [Peterson]. I’m so happy to have all the support from everyone here and there’s nothing better than winning at home. – Stephanie Gilmore.
Gilmore previously dispatched three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore in the Quarterfinals with a perfect 10-point ride and compatriot Sally Fitzgibbons in the Semifinals. Moore, who came into the event ranked third in the world, will move to fifth. Fitzgibbons’ Semifinal berth will see her climb up five places to third on the Jeep Leaderboard.
I haven’t had the yellow jersey for a while and it’s going to feel so good to put that on. Getting to win an event again was really cool and it feels really rewarding to win. It’s so far from here but I’d love to win another World Title. It’s the greatest feeling in the world to win here, in the greatest place on earth in my eyes. – Stephanie Gilmore.
The Roxy Pro Final saw Gilmore and Peterson do battle for the win. Peterson got to work early, posting two mid-range scores, but local favorite Gilmore kicked things off with a commanding 7.93 on her opening ride. Gilmore continued to pull out all the stops with big fin-throws and sharp turns to earn an excellent 8.67, putting more pressure on the Californian, who was not able to answer back. This Final marks the pair’s fourth head-to-head match-up, with Gilmore taking the win each time.
Peterson has been on a tear throughout the competition, posting consistently high scores including a perfect 10 in Round 2 and the two highest heat totals of the Roxy Pro. Peterson previously defeated Johanne Defay (FRA) in the Semifinals and reigning WSL Champion and defending event winner Tyler Wright in the Quarterfinals en route to the Final.
I can’t complain too much with the result. I just missed it by one spot so it keeps the fire lit in me. It stings a little, but I really think I put together a great contest and did my absolute best. It was a really fun time and I’m so stoked the waves worked out as well, we got pumping surf for this event. To compete against Stephanie [Gilmore] here gives me chills and is one to remember.
Margaret River is a big shift, but I’m excited this year. I feel pretty comfortable in the bigger stuff now so I hope we get some waves. Everyone is surfing so well this year so it’s really fun to be part of it. I want to win the World Title for sure. After sitting on the sidelines and watching Tyler [Wright] dominate last year, I wanted to tap into that and come out guns blazing. – Lakey Peterson.
Reigning WSL Champion and defending event winner Tyler Wright was eliminated by Peterson in the Quarterfinals. Wright, with a 9.93 two-wave combined score, could not find the waves to escape Peterson’s near-perfect 9.27 and 7.83. Wright’s 5th place result will move her from first to 5th on the Leaderboard heading into the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.
We really missed Lakey [Peterson] on tour last year so it’s amazing to have her back. She came out hard and put me on the back foot and I never really got back on the front. This is a new year so I’m not going to focus too much on last year. It was tough but all and all I’m pretty happy with how I surfed. – Tyler Wright.
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Final Results:
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.60
2 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.66
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) 18.60 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.70
SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.27 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.86