Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico: Day 3 Photos And Videos

Brett Simpson goes for the cash in the Expression Session. Photo: jackenglish.com

Brett Simpson goes for the cash in the Expression Session. Photo: jackenglish.com

After a third place finish in Puerto Rico, Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons sits in the runner up position going into Hawaii. Photo: jackenglish.com

After a third place finish in Puerto Rico, Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons sits in the runner up position going into Hawaii. Photo: jackenglish.com

Rip Curl Gromsearch Boys Under 16 winner Koa Smith. Photo: jackenglish.com

Rip Curl Gromsearch Boys Under 16 winner Koa Smith. Photo: jackenglish.com


Above: 2010 Rip Curl Gromsearch National Finals Highlight Video

Gromsearch 12-and under Boys winner Seth Moniz. Photo: jackenglish.com

Gromsearch 12-and under Boys winner Seth Moniz. Photo: jackenglish.com

Seth Moniz and his proud papa/Hawaiian surf legend, Tony. Photo: jackenglish.com

Seth Moniz and his proud papa/Hawaiian surf legend, Tony. Photo: jackenglish.com


Above: Women’s Final Day Highlight Video

Rip Curl Gromsearch Girl's winner Quincy Davis. Photo: jackenglish.com

Rip Curl Gromsearch Girl's winner Quincy Davis. Photo: jackenglish.com

Boys 14-and under winner Parker Coffin. Photo: jackenglish.com

Boys 14-and under winner Parker Coffin. Photo: jackenglish.com

Puerto Rican personal floatation devices? Photo: jackenglish.com

Puerto Rican personal floatation devices? Photo: jackenglish.com

Koa Smith and the Rip Curl Gromsearch 16-and under finalists. Photo: jackenglish.com

Koa Smith and the Rip Curl Gromsearch 16-and under finalists. Photo: jackenglish.com

Carissa and her dad, Chris, regroup after Carissa snapped her board and had to come in for a backup. Photo: jackenglish.com

Carissa and her dad, Chris, regroup after Carissa snapped her board and had to come in for a backup. Photo: jackenglish.com

From one champ to another, Mick Fanning embraces his Coolangatta surf sister. Photo: jackenglish.com

From one champ to another, Mick Fanning embraces his Coolangatta surf sister. Photo: jackenglish.com

A renegade Latina feigns interest at a surf contest. Photo: jackenglish.com

A renegade Latina feigns interest at a surf contest. Photo: jackenglish.com

Checking into the real world after an extended stay in Bali, Brad Gerlach catches up with his old pal, Taylor Knox. Photo: jackenglish.com

Checking into the real world after an extended stay in Bali, Brad Gerlach catches up with his old pal, Taylor Knox. Photo: jackenglish.com

Mick and the Mick Fanning Fan Club. Photo: jackenglish.com

Mick and the Mick Fanning Fan Club. Photo: jackenglish.com

Stephanie Gilmore Is Crowned Both World Champ And Search Champ In Puerto Rico

SOMEWHERE, Porta Del Sol/Puerto Rico (Monday, November 1, 2010) – Newly-minted four-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, has taken out her 16th elite tour event today, defeating rookie sensation Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, in two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves in Porta Del Sol to claim the Rip Curl Women’s Search Pro Puerto Rico.

Event No. 7 of 8 on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search Puerto Rico saw the historic clinching of Gilmore’s fourth, consecutive ASP Women’s World Title following her Quarterfinal victory earlier today, and the win over the young rookie to take out the event served as icing on the cake.

“I actually dreamed this one up last night,” Gilmore said. “Maybe I’m still dreaming. It’s been a monumental day for me. I mean, the best mindset to have in your heats is to be relaxed and calm, and after winning the title in the Quarters, I just felt really calm. So it worked out well and I think I actually surfed better after it was done and dusted.”

In challenging afternoon conditions, it was Gilmore who drew blood early on, locking in a near-perfect 9.80 out of a perfect 10 for a searing forehand assault on a rare clean righthander.

“I was just really fortunate that that wave cleaned up for me to do some damage on,” Gilmore said. “Even afterwards, I just couldn’t find a solid backup. Carissa (Moore) has been ripping all event long and she’s so dangerous. I was honored to be in the Final with her and to win it, just makes everything that much bigger.”

With her Runner-Up finish, Moore moves from 5th to 3rd on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Title Race, recording one of the most impressive rookie seasons in ASP history.

“Of course I wanted to win but to be in the Final with Steph (Gilmore) after she just accomplished what she did was really special,” Moore said. “I’m really thankful to be here in Puerto Rico – it’s beautiful and warm and really reminds me of home. I’m looking forward to heading back to Oahu to finish the season out.

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 19, was one of the form surfers of the event, consistently notching the high single-wave and heat totals each round with unmatched power and ferocity. However, the young Australian was unable to halt a late charge from a rampaging Moore in their Semifinal bout.

“It’s disappointing to lose when you have a strong lead early on,” Fitzgibbons said. “That’s the way it goes sometimes. It’s been a strong event for me, but I’m still looking for that first win. That’s my goal for the next event in Hawaii and I want to finish strong to set me up well for a big year next season.”

Chelsea Hedges (AUS), 27, posted a solid Quarterfinal win over rookie Lee Ann Curren (FRA), 21, but was unable to stop eventual winner Gilmore in their Semifinal clash.

The next and final stop on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach from November 24 through December 6, 2010.

While the women’s event has come to a close, the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico featuring the world’s best surfers will look to recommence with Round 3 in the coming days.

Surfline, official forecaster for the Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico, are calling for the NW/NNW becoming N swell to mix in with the lingering trade swell into tomorrow. Smaller, short period trade windswell is expected for Wednesday.

Highlights from the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Search Puerto Rico will be available via http://live.ripcurl.com

The Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico will be televised LIVE in Australia on FUEL TV. For more information, check out www.foxsports.com.au/fueltv

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.80
2 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.10

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1:Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.93 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.54
SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.60 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 12.50

RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1:Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 9.53 def. Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 6.87
QF 2:Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.87 def. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 13.77
QF 3:Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.90 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 11.66
QF 4:Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.33 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.67

CURRENT ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5(After Puerto Rico):
1.Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 6528 pts
2.Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 4980 pts
3.Carissa Moore (HAW) 4644 pts
4.Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 4344 pts
5.Silvana Lima (BRA) 4164 pts

RIP CURL PRO SEARCH PUERTO RICO ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1:Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (USA)
Heat 2:C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Taylor Knox (USA)
Heat 3:Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 4:Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 5:Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Bobby Martinez (USA)
Heat 6:Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Dylan Graves (PRI)
Heat 7:Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 8:Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 9:Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 10:Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Dan Ross (AUS)
Heat 11:Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 12:Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Roy Powers (HAW)

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