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Gilmore Takes ASP Women’s World Tour Lead At Roxy Pro

Posted by: on March 9th, 2009




Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion, claimed the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion, claimed the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.



Roxy Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile 

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile

Stop No. 1 of 8 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour

Stop No. 1 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

February 28 – March 11, 2009


SNAPPER ROCKS, Australia – 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


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.


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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



Tamaroa McComb (Tahiti) and Paige Hareb (NZ) Win Billabong Pro Junior at Port Stephens NSW

Posted by: on September 8th, 2008



Tamaroa McComb (Tahiti/Gold Coast Based) winner of the Billabong Pro Junior at Port Stephens

Tamaroa McComb (Tahiti/Gold Coast Based) winner of the Billabong Pro Junior at Port Stephens



Billabong Pro Junior – Port Stephens

Prize Money $13,000 AUD

Mid North Coast NSW

Thursday, 4 September 2008 to Sunday, 7 September 2008

Port Stephens, NSW — International surfers Tamaroa McComb and Paige Hareb (NZ) put Australia’s top Pro Junior surfers to the sword at One Mile Point Port Stephens by winning the Billabong Pro Junior Men’s and Women’s divisions.

In clean and good quality 1m(3ft) waves McComb and Hareb were too strong and both took convincing wins in their finals.

McComb defeated Lincoln Taylor (Nth Stradbroke Island/Qld) securing the win half way through the final when he found an excellent high scoring 8.5 ride. The powerful Tahitian unleashed a series of critical top to bottom turns to overtake Taylor and take the win.

It was McComb’s 2nd Australasian Pro Junior win for the season and at 16 years of age he is the youngest surfer to ever win a Billabong Pro Junior Series event in the 16 year history of Pro Junior Series.

McComb is based in at Coolangatta, moving from Tahiti at the start of the year to focus on his surfing.

“ I came to Australia at the start of this year to improve my competitive surfing and I never expected to do this well in the competitions, I thought maybe make the top 20 would be good but now I’m winning and it feels great – It’s been really good for my surfing coming here for sure” said McComb after his win.


Tamaroa McComb.

Tamaroa McComb.



Best of the local surfers was Merewether’s Jesse Adam who placed equal 3rd overall, defeated by the rampaging McComb in a high scoring and close semi final.

In the second semi final young 18 years old Nth Narrabeen surfer David Vlug achieved his best ever result at Pro Junior level finishing equal 3rd when he was eliminated by Lincoln Taylor.

Paige Hareb won the women’s final in almost identical fashion to McComb, in second place until the half way stage she found an outstanding 9 point ride to take a lead that young 14 year old Sth Coast NSW surfer Tyler Wright (Culburra) was unable to claw back.

“I don’t know where that wave came from, it was easily the best wave in the final and that was really the reason I won. It’s my third Pro Junior win for the season which is great and it will be my last Pro Junior for the season  – I’m focusing on the ASP World Qualifying Series in Brazil now so it’s good to finish the pro junior year with a win” said Hareb after the final.

Tyler Wright’s second placing in the final has signicantly improved her rating on the Australasian Pro Junior Series and with one major event remaining at Bells Beach early next month she is a real chance to steal 2nd place on the ratings from Laura Enever.

First place is already secured by Sally Fitzgibbons but second place is up for grabs and it’s important as the top two places on the ratings qualify for the ASP Billabong World Junior Championships which run at Narrabeen early January 2009.

“I feel good coming second as I have plenty of years in the Pro Juniors ahead. I’m aware of the importance of trying to come second in the ratings and it’s something I’ll aim for and work hard at coming into the final event at Bells – I usually surf well at Bells so hopefully I can do it” said Tyler Wright after the final.


Paige Hareb (Taranaki/New Zealand) celebrating her big win.

Paige Hareb (Taranaki/New Zealand) celebrating her big win.