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It was the final of finals for the 2014 ASP ROXY Pro Gold Coast.
To set the scene, after two absolutely stacked semifinal heats with Stephanie Gilmore up against 2013 reigning world champ Carissa Moore, closely followed by heat two with Rookie of the Year Bianca Buitendag facing off against powerhouse Lakey Peterson, Snapper Rocks was absolutely pumping and energy was nothing short of electric!
Local girl, 4x Roxy Pro champ, and ROXY team rider Stephanie Gilmore made incredible wave selections during her heat and walked away with an upsetting win over Carissa Moore.
South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag took on California girl, Lakey Peterson at Snapper Rocks and narrowly took the win and would face off in the final matchup of the day.
A first final ever for Bianca Buitendag, she brought so much heart and excitement into this final. A goofy footer and rookie, Bianca couldn’t have had a more memorable match up against teammate Stephanie Gilmore. It was the absolute biggest heat in her young career.
With weather on our side, and the waves getting bigger as the day progressed, it was homegrown Gold Coast native Stephanie Gilmore who took the prized 2014 ROXY Pro Gold Coast crown after being paraded up the beach by friends and family for her 5th ROXY Pro victory. Considered her favorite spot on the entire tour Stephanie commented, “To win here today at the ROXY Pro at Snapper on the Gold Coast is one of my absolute favorite things in the world to do. Today has been an incredible day, it’s been a long week, but so many emotions, so much anticipation, and um yeah, wow, I love winning here in front of my friends, my family, the waves were pumping, the guys and the girls were spoiled and, yeah, thank you, thanks to everyone at ROXY for supporting me, and of course the Quiksilver family to be down here with all the boys watching is really cool and obviously congratulations to Bianca. To surf the final with Bianca is really special.”
After zero victories last year, and her lowest ranking on the WCT, we’re thinking this is a major comeback year for Stephanie Gilmore and starting off the season on this note with Women’s Surfing where it is only makes us excited to see more! More! MORE!
We asked Steph about her mindset going into the next tour events, “To start off the year with a win has just been so amazing. I didn’t even get one win last year, to start the year off at home definitely makes me feel confident heading into Bells & Margaret River. The rest of the Australian leg is going to be great and I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait. “
See more from the ROXY Pro here.