Stephanie Gilmore in her first competitive ASP heat of the 2014

Newcastle, NSW/Australia (Wednesday, February 19, 2014)

Stephanie Gilmore – During a storm delayed afternoon at Newcastle’s Surfest, 5-time ASP Women’s world champion and the number seed in the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic, Stephanie Gilmore finally made her opening round appearance and her performance rewarded a group of fans who endured the weather to see her surf.

Gilmore opened with an excellent 8.5 ride, backed that wave up shortly after with a strong 7.83 to comprehensively take the heat on a two-wave tally of 16.33 over Demi Boelsterli (USA) in second place on 11.10.

Headlining Newcastle Surfest are Gold Coast duo Joel Parkinson (Gold Coast, QLD/AUS), 2012 ASP World Champion and reigning Burton Toyota Pro champion and 5 x ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (Gold Coast, QLD/AUS).

The international field of competitors also features Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Granger Larson (HAW), Dane Reynolds (USA), Marc Lacomare (FRA), Alana Blanchard (HAW), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and many more of the top surfers in the world who are looking to get off to an early lead on the 2014 ASP Qualifying Series.

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