Stephanie Gilmore may be six-time surfing world champion, but she hasn’t been able to claim a world tour win since 2014—that is until Sunday at the Roxy Pro where she won the 2017 Roxy Pro Gold Coast title.
Gilmore defeated Lakey Peterson with a score of 16.60 to Peterson’s 12.66 at Snapper Rocks. The victory could mean a promising year for Gilmore especially because four of the five times she has won the Roxy Pro she has went on to win the World Title, according to World Surf League (WSL).
“Snapper is just one event,” Gilmore told Surfer Magazine. “It’s so far from now. But like they say, the stats are pretty good when you win here first, and you go on to do pretty well in the world title race. We’ll see what happens, but I’d love to win another title.”
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The next Championship Tour competition is Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia on March 29-April 9. Tyler Wright is the defending champion at Margaret River.