Quiksilver's Stephanie Gilmore today took home her 5th ASP World Title on the shores of Biarritz. Amid sunny skies and 4-5 foot waves Stephanie was all smiles when 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.
"It was such a challenge to come back. It's really rewarding! All the girls are surfing so well. I really had to give 100% in every heat that I went out to. I'm really proud of this title. There were so many people on the beach. It's the most incredible feeling in the world. "
"Wow! People seemed to have forgotten all about Steph Gilmore with the rise of Carissa Moore last year. I think that was just what she needed. The pressure has been off and she is on fire. What a great and complete season. Congrats and High Five!"–Kelly Slater
Congratulate Stephanie! #5STEPH
Congratulate Stephanie by sharing your best "5s" on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win. What is a 5 you ask? Well it could be a photo of anything from a high-five to a five-foot wave to five blades of grass, or simply a post-it with #5STEPH written on it. Join the movement and get creative!
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ROAD TO #5
Newly proclaimed five times 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 21 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.
"Never underestimate yourself, trust yourself and your intuition, and enjoy the journey. Know that your own determination is your most powerful tool. If you're passionate about something, then success is merely the icing on the cake."–Stephanie Gilmore
All About Steph
A brand ambassador for Quiksilver, Stephanie travels the globe as a photographer, musician and philanthropist. As she wanders from New York and Paris to Mexico, Indonesia and Africa with a vintage Fender strat guitar and a Nikon camera, Stephanie combines a love of surfing with the arts, forming relationships with a global creative community across cultures and continents.
Stephanie's philanthropic work includes Movember charity foundation; sponsoring two children in Kenya and Ethiopia; and more recently working with the Coeur de Foret project to help build sustainable villages in Senegal.