Stephanie Gilmore & Owen Wright Win First Event Of The Year

19 Mar 2017 0

Owen Wright in the fairy tale comeback after a year off with a head injury, Photo by WSL / Cestari

Owen Wright in the fairy tale comeback after a year off with a head injury, Photo by WSL / Cestari

COASTALWATCH | LATEST NEWS

AUSTRALIANS DOMINATE FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR

It's always great to jump start the surfing world tour in Australia and especially on the Gold Coast in front of epic crowds. Despite the rain, the 2017 Quiksilver and Roxy Pro was as exhilarating as ever. As the commentators said, "The story lines were exploding off the beach".

This was especially the case with the men's final between two best mates, defending Quik Pro champ Matt Wilkinson and injury wildcard Owen Wright.  

The goofy-footed pair both under the super coach Glenn 'Micro' Hall paddled out off the rocks in the first final of the year which started slow and a battle of small scores. Conditions deteriorated during the heat but not enough to dim the energy and determination by the two who exchanged lead holders several times before Wright brought home the family name in a ridiculously emotional win. 

SEE ALSO: Sean Doherty On, The Devil In Coolangatta

The new world number one said after his win, "I'm so stoked to have won but couldn't have wanted to have anyone else in that final with me. Wilko's supported me the whole way through my injury and it was so good to have him here with me."

Stephanie Gilmore had a slow year in 2016 but dominated this year's Roxy Pro from the get-go. On finals day she let her home-town crowd know she's back and here for business slamming a perfect and astounding 10-point-ride in the semi-finals before moving through to the final against Lakey Peterson.

Gilmore said after her win "The colour yellow... I haven’t had it for a while, it’s gonna feel awesome. The world title, well it's just one event it’s so far from here, but like they say, the stats are pretty good from here, I’d love to win another title. This feels so good, I’m so happy."

For full results and current points score visit the World Surf League website.

Stephanie Gilmore wins 2017 Roxy Pro, Photo by WSL / Sloane

Stephanie Gilmore wins 2017 Roxy Pro, Photo by WSL / Sloane


Tags: topnews , video (create Alert from these tags)

blog comments powered by Disqus
More From Latest News
Is Jordy Smith Leaking WSL Secrets?

Is Jordy Smith Leaking WSL Secrets?

No. But there's heaps of other weird surf stuff to talk about here too!

0 20 Sep 2017
Nick Carroll On: Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Surfing

Nick Carroll On: Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Surfing

It’s on the Olympics front page. It’s in the KSWC pool. Could the two soon be one?

1 19 Sep 2017
Recent

Is Jordy Smith Leaking WSL Secrets?

No. But there's heaps of other weird surf stuff to talk about here too!

0 20 Sep 2017
Nick Carroll On: Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Surfing

Nick Carroll On: Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Surfing

1 19 Sep 2017
Occy, TC, NC, Richie Lovett & Toby Martin Ready For Head-To-Head Surf Battle

Occy, TC, NC, Richie Lovett & Toby Martin Ready For Head-To-Head Surf Battle

0 18 Sep 2017
British Surfer Taken By Croc In Sri Lanka

British Surfer Taken By Croc In Sri Lanka

6 15 Sep 2017
A Perfect Trifecta Of Epic Mentawai Swells

A Perfect Trifecta Of Epic Mentawai Swells

0 14 Sep 2017
Latest News

Is Jordy Smith Leaking WSL Secrets?

No. But there's heaps of other weird surf stuff to talk about here too!

Nick Carroll On: Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Surfing

It’s on the Olympics front page. It’s in the KSWC pool. Could the two soon be one?

British Surfer Taken By Croc In Sri Lanka

The hottest surf destination in the world right now in shock

Popular This Week

British Surfer Taken By Croc In Sri Lanka

The hottest surf destination in the world right now in shock

Nick Carroll On: Change The Plan, Change The Culture

The WSL’s new top gun hirings - and the silent partner behind it

The Weekend Surf Forecast 15 - 17 September 2017

Get ready for a couple of swell-filled days around the country this weekend.

Go to Top