ENCINITAS, CA- Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) took home the first-ever women’s Nixon WTA (Winner-Takes-All) title and award at the Billabong Pro Maui after capturing a heat score of 19.67, the highest-ranking score of the event. Gilmore overtook contenders Melanie Bartels (HAW) and Silvana Lima (BRA) who had heat scores of 17.54 and 16.70 respectively, and walked away with a custom Nixon watch valued at over $10,000. Gilmore also claimed the title as the overall Triple Crown Winner for the second year in a row, as well as being victorious as the winner of the Billabong Pro for her third year.

The custom watch for the women’s WTA features a Swiss Made automatic movement highlighted with four baguette cut rubies, seven baguette cut diamonds, a custom-engraved caseback commemorating the event, a white ceramic band and a Hawaiian flag at the 12:00 position.

The women’s Nixon WTA took place during the Billabong Pro at the world-famous Honolua Bay from December 8-9 where each woman at the event was in the running to win a custom Nixon watch for the highest single heat score. Any round from trials to finals counted, leaving the WTA award open to all contenders during the event.

The Nixon WTA has been a part of four stops along the Men’s ASP World Tour for the past three years and the Billabong Pro in Maui marked the first time the Nixon WTA joined the women along the way.

About the Billabong Pro:
The final contest on the 2009 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women’s World Tour, the Billabong Pro Maui is considered the crown jewel of women’s competition. As part of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing the Billabong Pro Maui showcases the world’s top female pro surfers in three Hawaiian tournaments that run concurrently with the men’s Series. The WQS at Haleiwa, the Sunset Beach women’s world tour event and the Billabong Pro Maui will collectively determine the 2009 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing champion, and ultimately, the coveted Women’s World Champion. For more information, please visit: triplecrownofsurfing.com

About Nixon
Founded in 1997 in Encinitas, CA, Nixon is the premium watch and accessories brand for the youth lifestyle market. Focused on making the little stuff better, Nixon began with a small line of team-designed, custom-built watches sold exclusively in specialty boardsport and fashion retailers. Currently distributed in over 40 countries, Nixon’s product range has grown to include select men’s and women’s softgoods, leather goods and custom headphones. For more information, please visit: NixonNow.com