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Surfing - 06. March 2010.

Gilmore Retains ASP Womens World No. 1 Spot with Roxy Pro Gold Coast

 (Saturday, March 6, 2010) - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, reigning three-time ASP Women's World Champion and defending event winner, has taken out the 2010 Roxy Pro Gold Coast in punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Snapper Rocks over fellow Finalist Melanie Bartels (HAW), 27.

The opening event of the 2010 ASP Women's World Tour season, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast enjoyed an exciting final day of competition, culminating in Gilmore's emphatic win in front of a raucous hometown crowd.

In a day ja vu version of last year's event, the Australian and Hawaiian squared off once again in the Final, with Gilmore taking the win and the dream start to her 2010 campaign for a fourth ASP Women's World Title.

"It's definitely a dream start," Gilmore said. "I didn't really expect to win here. The waves weren't so great. I definitely didn't put in as incredible performance as I would have wanted to, and I'm sure Mel (Bartels) has the same feeling, but at the end of the day, I'm happy to win  that's awesome!"

Today's win marks the 3rd win on the Gold Coast for the young Australian (2005, 2009, 2010), giving the natural-footer the record for most event wins at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.

"I was definitely really relaxed but kind of nervous at the same time - just a little mixture of feelings," Gilmore said. "As defending event champ and defending world champ, I guess it put some pressure on me to win this event so it feels good to win."

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