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Steph Gilmore wins her seventh world surfing title, tying fellow Aussie Layne Beachley

Australian Stephanie Gilmore has matched the record of surf legend and her former mentor Layne Beachley by winning her seventh world crown on the opening day of the world tour finale, the Maui Pro in Hawaii.

“This is so, so special. It’s unbelievable,” Gilmore said

“It is an honour to sit beside you Layne. To equal you is such an honour.”

 

Gilmore was on a bluff with friends watching the action when the drama went down and she claimed her first world crown since 2014.

She threw her arms in the air and cheered as she realised she had won.

“Oh my goodness,” Gilmore said when crowned with a floral wreath.

Gilmore won the first of her seven crowns as a rookie in 2007 and then followed up with titles in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

 

Gilmore has been the dominant surfer throughout the entire 2018 season, winning the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Brach, the Oi Rio Pro in Brazil and the J-Bay Open in South Africa.

*Original article here, Source: The Daily Telegraph

Picture: WSL/Sloane

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