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Wave pool barrel maven Steph Gilmore claims world title

Remember Stephanie’s 30-second tube at the Surf Ranch? Of course we do

Stephanie Gilmore, who fired off one of the best clips ever from Kelly’s wave pool, claimed her seventh world title today at Honolulu Bay on Maui. The Australian regular foot has now equaled the record for the most women’s world titles.

Steph becomes one of only three surfers in history to win more than half a dozen WSL titles. She joins Layne Beachley and Kelly Slater in that feat. 

“Layne, it’s an honor to sit alongside you,” said Gilmore. “You’ve been a huge inspiration for my entire career and for so many female surfers all around the world so to equal you is amazing.”

Gilmore became the first surfer ever (male or female) to win a world title in their rookie season (2007).

She has racked up an impressive 29 Championship Tour victories during her career, second only to Slater.

When Kelly Slater launched his wave pool it was Stephanie who stunned with a tube ride that captured the world’s imagination. In celebration of the champ (and a great excuse to see this again) let’s take another look at Gilmore’s 30-second freshwater barrel in Lemoore, California.


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