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Stephanie Gilmore claimed 5th ASP world title.

Meet the new World Champ.

Saturday July 14, 2012. Roxy Pro Biarritz, France
 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, claimed her 5th ASP Women’s World Title today, winning the Roxy Pro Biarritz over Tyler Wright (AUS), 18 in Biarritz, France, today.
Today’s incredible achievement puts the young natural-footer in an elite class of surfers to win five or more ASP World Titles, overtaking records set by Freida Zamba (USA), Wendy Botha (AUS) and Lisa Andersen (USA).
For those watching closely, women and therefore the world have a rare talent on tour. Stephanie's talent is unsurpassed in competitive surfing. Her style, power and flow are bar none and that not including that special something it takes to win over and over. Like Kelly, Stephanie is approachable, nice unassuming and humble on land but in a jersey there's a vital transformation; they become competitive machines of perfection.
Surf News, 15 July, 2012 : Quicksilver's Stephanie Gilmore took home her 5th ASP World Title on the shores of la Grand Plage Biarritz,France . Amid sunny skies and 3-4 foot waves, Stephanie was all smiles as she beat out Tyler Wright and staked her claim as the 2012 Surfing World Champion. The quest for the world title was no easy feat this year, as competition was fierce and the battle for the crown was a result of pure determination and passion for the sport that Stephanie loves.

Newly proclaimed 5th ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore has dominated women’s professional surfing since the day she appeared on the scene as a rookie in 2007 and captured her first world title- a feat still unmatched in professional surfing. In 2012, the 24-year-old Australian will now add ‘Reigning World Champ’ to a list of accomplishments that already includes the 20 elite World Tour victories, the 2010 Laureus Action Sports Person of the Year Award and the 2011 ESPN ESPY Female Action Sports Person of the Year Award.

J Bay surf contest billabong Pro

Adriano De Souza wins Billabong Pro defeat Joan Duru 

Adriano De Souza © Roy Harley
Adriano De Souza edges past Frenchman Joan Duru to take Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay
 Surf News, 13 July, 2012 :  Jeffrey s Bay -- Brazilian surfer Adriano De Souza has won the ASP 6-Star Billabong Pro Jeffrey s Bay defeating French surfer Joan Duru in small and difficult conditions in the Final with polished and dynamic surfing.

ASP 6-Star Men event
Jeffrey s Bay, South Africa

First surprise of the morning was two- time and defending champion South African Jordy Smith getting eliminated by an on-form Joan Duru. In the small and inconsistent conditions, Jordy battled to find the high scoring waves, while Duru paddled into some good waves and rode them with confidence.

Second upset was a dominant Dale Staples defeating John John Florence from Hawaii. Surfing fast and smooth, Dale kept John John at bay all the way through to a nail-biting finish, with the young South African getting the nod from the judges. Dale was eventually knocked out by Aritz Aranburu (EUK) in the quarter-finals and finished as the highest placed South African in the event.

Adriano De Souza © ASP / Cestari

Although smaller than the absolute perfection that persisted throughout the first three days of competition, there were still excellent, high-scoring waves coming through and the remaining competitors were throwing it down on the fast, lined up Super-tubes walls.

In the first semi-final it was Adriano De Souza against Ezekiel Lau (HAW) with the young Brazilian blasting his way through the heat and earning his spot in the final. The second semi-final was a one-sided affair between Duru and Aritz Aranburu (EUK), with Duru winning the heat comfortably and heading on to the final.

By the time the final heat paddled out, the bad weather that the contest organizers had been tracking all week was upon the competitors. With the onshore wind up and the rain falling, the two competitors went tooth and nail, with Duru quickly scoring a 9.27 out of a possible 10 points, showing that the conditions were still extremely contestable.

Joan Duru © ASP / Cestari
After one particular wave Adriano De Souza lost a fin on the shallow inside rocks and chose to do a runaround, picking up his back up board in the process. Adriano slipped back into the line-up and picked up a nice little wave from way up the point that opened up for him and allowed him to score an 8.33 and victory.

“I’ve come to South Africa and to Jeffrey s Bay for so many years, and have always seen the guys win the Billabong Pro, and now it’s my turn,” said Adriano. “I’m just so happy, and I’m going to remember this win for my whole life. J-Bay is a special place for me and hopefully see you again next year.”

The Nixon Winner Takes All prize of a US$10,000 jewel-encrusted Nixon watch for the highest heat score of the event went to Nathan Hedge (AUS) for his incredible 19.27 score in the first round of the event. “What a sick prize,” said Nathan. “A few years ago I was in the final with AI and he needed a ten to beat me and he got it, so maybe it was AI who sent me the ten this year.”