ASP Womens World Tour
The wind, weather and rain couldn’t stop the Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented By Land Rover getting the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour off to a fantastic start at Snapper Rocks today.
Stop 1 of 7 on the elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast is always one of the most exciting events on tour as the girls get the chance put their full bag of tricks on display at one of the world’s most high performance waves.
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, the 4-times ASP Women’s World Champion came exploding out of the gates in her opening heat of 2012. The hometown favourite unleashed a barrage of powerful hacks that saw her earn a massive 9.00 (out of a possible 10).
Stephanie Gilmore, 24, is already an icon within the women’s sporting world after her short five-year tenure amongst the world’s best surfers. A four-time ASP Women’s World Champion, the young Gold Coaster has already scalped an incredible 18 elite tour events, including three at the opening event of the season, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover.
“I’m a competitive person,” Gilmore said. “I want to be the best. I feel like I’ve already accomplished more (competitively) than I ever thought I would and I’m proud of that. There’s nothing forcing me to compete, I do it because I enjoy it and because I want to win. If you’re winning events, you’re winning world titles so yes, the world title is still very much the goal.”
Four-time women’s world surfing champion Lisa Andersen is throwing on the contest singlet and making a return to competition during The Moskova Trials for a spot in the Roxy Pro presented by Land Rover starting on the Gold Coast on 25th February.
The Moskova Trials will be held on 24th February and the winner will take her place in the main draw of the Roxy Pro.
Andersen, from Huntington Beach, California, last competed in 2004 as a wildcard for the Roxy Pro following her retirement in 2003. Oozing style and grace with great power, she was a fierce competitor capturing four consecutive World Titles from 1994-97.
One of the superstars of professional surfing, Andersen said she felt privileged to be given the opportunity to again paddle out in the World Tour season opener at Snapper Rocks.
“It’s really a great opportunity to get back into something I love and to surf Snapper again with the girls and really feel a part of the event again,” Andersen said.
World No.2 Sally Fitzgibbons remains confident she will be fully fit by the start of the Roxy Pro presented by Land Rover at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast on 25th February despite carrying several injuries.
Fitzgibbons was on the Gold Coast this week hosting her own junior camp at the Surfing Australia High Performance Centre nursing a fractured wrist and strapping along her left leg.
The 21-year-old Australian from Gerroa in NSW fell awkwardly on the reef while surfing Cloudbreak in Fiji before Christmas, and knee and foot injuries were sustained during training.
The surfing world is gearing up for an intense 2012 competition. Girls and women alike are preparing for a great year of women's surfing, with the trials already underway for The Roxy Pro.
The Roxy Pro is the first event of the series. The Roxy Pro is a mobile event, with Snapper Rocks serving as the primary venue, but utilising nearby Duranbah Beach, Greenmount, Kirra, Burleigh Heads and as far north as Stradbroke Island should conditions call for it.