Gilmore wins Roxy Pro
THE queen of Snapper Rocks is back.
Kingscliff legend Stephanie Gilmore has won the Roxy Pro and is back on track for the 2012 ASP World title and a 5th World title bid.
The 24-year-old was back to her best to win the Roxy Pro women's final at Snapper Rocks.
Using all her local knowledge and the all too familiar "Happy Gilmore" smile, the local favourite saved her best for last nailing a 9.20 out of 10 in the dying minutes of the final to convincingly beat her younger 20-year-old rival Laura Enever from North Narrabeen.
Enever, who chose a more conservative pair of black board shorts for the final instead of her trademark cheeky brief bikinis in earlier rounds, caused a huge upset to defeat Tyler Wright in the semis.
Wright was runner-up last year and had been the top scorer in the earlier rounds but couldn't stop a red hot Enever who qualified for her first ASP World Championship final.
In the second semi, Gilmore was on fire against an in-form Sally Fitzgibbons asserting her Snapper Rocks supremacy and finding the required rhythm to make and eventually win the final.
"It was the battle of the blondes" a beaming Gilmore said.
"Laura and I joked about blondes reigning supreme!"
Enever was looking to cause the ultimate upset taking an early lead after a slow start from Gilmore.
"I was feeling bummed with the slow start and let off some frustration to score a 7 which became a keeper," Gilmore said.
"My strategy was to build on that and then I scored the 9 at the end."
It was a very emotional moment for Gilmore who shed a tear or two back on the beach.
"I'm tripping, it's so cool to be carried up the beach in front of thousands of spectators in front of family and friends, it's the most incredible feeling in the world!"
Gilmore also thanked her Coolangatta surfboard shaper, Darren Handley calling him a "Rent-a-coach!"
Gilmore will now savour the winning moment and have time to rest before heading down to Bells Beach for the second ASP event of the year, the annual Easter Rip Curl Pro and hopefully continue the winning role to ultimately secure her 5th World title in 2012.