The Update from Costa Mesa County
Stephanie Gilmore has lived the dream during the past two months. After clinching her fourth Following the ASP world title in the Rip Curl Surf Wear Pro Search "Somewhere in Puerto Rico," the 22-year-old surfifng feeling has continued competitive onslaught by winning the duel for the Jewel and consequently Vans Triple Crown title at Pipeline yesterday.
With almost perfect overhead conditions, attacked Steph back door to Coco Ho and Rip Curl team mate Alana Blanchard and Tyler Wright. After a few deep pits, Steph officially stopped her heritage with a few new titles to its name.
"I'd trade it all to have another session out there with no one else," Steph said in reference to her Duel Jewel of heat at Pipeline yesterday. "We were a bit nervous but it was so fun."
The win at Haleiwa, 3rd her place finish at the Sunset, and now win at Pipeline, Steph also concluded its third series of Vans Triple Crown title. "This was definitely up there with winning the world titles," Steph said in reference not to her Triple Crown title. "Every place is so different and challenging, you can show up here with all the confidence in the world and get crushed, so it again I charge really happy and proud of my achievements this year."
All this is just a week after the 2010 SURFER Poll Awards, held December 6 at Turtle Bay, where Steph finished above Carissa Moore, Coco Ho, Sofia Mulanovich and Alana Blancharrd get top honors as Women's Champion Surfer Poll.