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February 28 - March 11, 2009
Snapper Rocks: Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia

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Gilmore Wins Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Takes ASP Women's World Tour Lead

Sunday, March 8, 2009: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion, has won the Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by LG Mobile, defeating Melanie Bartels (HAW), 26, in the Final to claim the inaugural event on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour.

Gilmore wasted no time in the Final, securing the day’s high single-wave score of a 9.57 out of a possible 10 on her opening wave for a fluid series of fin releases and power carves.

“It was a really little wave,” Gilmore said. “I had a few flashbacks from 2005 where I was trying to pick off the little ones that were going to grow down the line. Today it just so happened I picked a good one. It is important to get a good start and get a lead early in the heat.”

Gilmore’s victory today at Snapper Rocks marks her fourth consecutive win on the ASP Women’s World Tour, having claimed the last three events of the 2008 season, and puts her well on the path to a third consecutive ASP Women’s World Title.

“It’s a new start for me,” Gilmore said. “To win on your home turf, in front of all these people, it’s unbelievable.”

The phenomenal natural-footer has been a perennial event favorite at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast since claiming the title as a 17-year-old wildcard in 2005. Despite her extensive local knowledge, Gilmore had failed to secure a solid result at home since beginning her ASP Dream Tour campaign until today.

“This win is definitely more satisfying,” Gilmore said. “In 2005, I was blown away. I couldn’t believe I achieved it, but this time around it’s pleasing to know that I’ve come off a season as world champ, and I’ve done some training, so to come back out here today and win makes you feel really good.”

Bartels struggled to secure a scoring wave in the first half of the Final, only able to a post 7.50 out of a possible 10 with under five minutes to go.

"I am ecstatic right now,” Bartels said. “Surfing against Steph (Gilmore) in a heat is always a challenge for me. I know how good she is. I knew I needed to put up big scores, but no waves came through. She surfed unreal and I am just glad that I got to surf Snapper with one other person out."

Despite the disappointing showing in Final, Bartels’ runner-up finish sees the Hawaiian rocket up the ratings from ASP World No. 7 to No. 2 heading into the rest of the season.

"To get a good result at the beginning of the year gives momentum to go into the next event and feel a little bit more confident and relaxed,” Bartels said. “I’ll just work on my surfing and see what mistakes I have done in this contest and just hope for the better in the next and try not to make the same mistakes."

Coco Ho (HAW), 17, 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour rookie, put on an inspiring performance in the Semifinals, falling just short to eventual runner-up Bartels to finish equal 3rd.

"It feels good,” Ho said. “I’m really happy for Melanie as well. She was surfing so well out there and got the better of every exchange. With ten minutes remaining, I was just like, ’I am out at Snapper with just Mel (Bartels),’ and I am just going to focus on getting as many waves as I can and just push every turn."

Paige Hareb (NZL), 18, fellow 2009 ASP Dream Tour rookie, had an impressive run at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, before falling to eventual winner Gilmore in Semifinal 1.

“Steph (Gilmore) is the local favorite and world champ,” Hareb said. “She has everything going for her at the moment. It would have been good to meet her in the Final, but I’m still happy with making it to the Semifinals.”

Requiring only an average score to take the lead in her Semifinal heat, Hareb grabbed a roping righthander with the clock ticking and belted a first turn before getting caught up in her second maneuver.

“I’m a little bit disappointed about the last wave which I came off,” Hareb said. “I knew I could have won the heat with that wave."

Hareb finished equal 3rd at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast and now sits No. 3 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour ratings.

Highlights from the Roxy Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile will be available via www.roxypro.com.au

The next stop on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour is the Rip Curl Women’s Pro presented by Ford New Fiesta at Bells Beach from April 8 – 13, 2009.

1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.07
2 – Melanie Bartels (HAW) 12.50

SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.33 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.16
SF 2: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 17.34 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 13.27

1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 1200
2 – Melanie Bartels (HAW) 972
3 – Paige Hareb (NZL) 756
3 – Coco Ho (HAW) 756
5 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 552
5 – Rebecca Woods (AUS) 552
5 – Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 552
5 – Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 552
9 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 360
9 – Amee Donohoe (AUS) 360
9 – Samantha Cornish (AUS) 360
9 – Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 360
9 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 360
9 – Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 360
9 – Alana Blanchard (HAW) 360
9 – Megan Abubo (HAW) 360
17 – Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 180
18 – Layne Beachley (AUS) 0

Next Contest: Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells, Apr 8-13

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Event Infornmation

COORDINATES: 28.10 S, 153.33 E

BAGGAGE CLAIM: Gold Coast Airport, Coolangatta (OOL)

TRANSPORT: You can get by in Cooly with a bus pass, a bike or by foot' Wanna head up the coast and have cash to spare? Call a cab.

ATTITUDE: A girl can get barreled for some 22 kilometers along this sandy stretch of Australia, don a dress afterwards and be dance floor bound by sun down. There's a reason they call the metropolis closest to 'Cooly' Surfer's Paradise!

THE WAVE(S): A mile of reeling rights barreling over a spoon-fed sandbar (courtesy of the Gold Coast City Council and their sand-pumping savvy) makes for one heck of a playground. The Roxy Pro sets up shop at Snapper Rocks but can relocate to Kirra, Burleigh or Duranbah should the 'Superbank' not behave.

PERKS: ASP Women's World Tour surfers Chelsea Georgeson and Stephanie Gilmore call Snapper Rocks home, which means the odds of seeing one of them slashing the Superbank is super likely ' watch and learn ladies, watch and learn.

PERILS: Sure, Snapper pumps' but because that's not exactly a secret, you and several dozen other "sheilas" will have to hash it out in the lineup if you want a wave.

APRES SURF: The only thing Aussies are more passionate about than surfing is imbibing adult beverages' take it to Surfer's Paradise or the local pub, but be prepared to be humbled by the home team.

LOCAL LIBATION: And a vodka, lime and soda for the lady, thanks.

EAT AT: The smoothies at Coolangatta Fruit Shop on the round is are a staple for ASP CEO Brodie Carr. Little Malaya Restaurant does a mean cashew chicken and all-time curries and Caf' Fresh in Kirra is a chill but groovy place to grab cocktails and an entr'e. Looking for cheap local fare? The

CAFFEINATE AT: Local lass Chelsea Hedges starts her day at Gloria Jeans, the coffee shop next to Mick Fanning's Rip Curl Store, but to be fair, the Gold Coast does java justice in general.

ASP WOMEN'S WORLD TOUR HISTORY: The ladies have been dueling it out at Snapper since 2002. The girl's portion of proceedings normally runs at the Superbank, but the whole operation went mobile to nearby D'bah in 2006.

NOTABLE: In 2005, 17-year-old trials winner Stephanie Gilmore steamrolled the competition to take out the contest and become the youngest woman to ever win an ASP Women's World Tour event. The unprecedented win brought major exposure to both the rising star and the women's tour itself.

2008: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2007: Chelsea Hedges (AUS)
2006: Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS)
2005: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2004: Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
2003: Layne Beachley (AUS)
2002: Lynette MacKenzie (AUS)


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APS WCT Tour 2010 Schedule

Mens's Division

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
Feb 27-Mar 10, Gold Coast Qld-Australia
Rip Curl Pro Bells
March 30 -April 10, Bells Beach Victoria-Australia
Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro
April 23-May 2, Santa Catarina Brazil
Billabong Pro J-Bay
Jly 15-25, Jeffreys Bay South Africa
Billabong Pro Teahupoo
Aug 23 - Sept 3, Teahupoo Taiarapu-Tahiti
Hurley Pro Trestles
Sep 12-21, Trestles California-USA
Quiksilver Pro France
Sep 25-Oct 5, South West Coast France
Rip Curl Pro
Oct 7-18, Peniche, Portugal
Rip Curl Pro Search
Oct 30-Nov. 10 - Somewhere?
Billabong Pipeline Masters
Dec 8-20, Banzai Pipeline Oahu-Hawaii

Women's Division

Roxy Pro Gold Coast
Feb 27-Mar 10, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells
Mar 30-April 10, Bells Beach Victoria, Australia
TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival
Apr 11-16 Taranaki – New Zealand
Commonwealth Bank Beachly Classic
Apr 21-26, Dee Why,Northern Beaches, NSW-Australia
Movistar Peru Classic presented by Rip Curl
June 8-13, Lobitos-Peru
Rip Curl Pro
Oct 7-11, Peniche-Portugal
Rip Curl Search
Oct 30-Nov 4, Somewhere
Gidget Pro
Nov 24-Dec 6, Sunset Beach Oahu, Hawaii
Billabong Pro Maui
Dec 8-20 Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii

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