Stephie wild for her shot at Roxy Pro
SURFING dreams came true yesterday for Kingscliff's Stephanie Gilmore and Burleigh's Shaun Gossman. Gilmore was an absolute standout as she claimed a place in the women's Roxy Pro, while Gossman, for the second year running, captured the wildcard spot in the Quiksilver Pro. Both events are scheduled to start today at Snapper Rocks, conditions permitting. Gilmore earned her chance at a first-round heat against world No.1 Sofia Mulanovich, of Peru, after disposing of 12-year-old Hawaiian supergirl Carissa Moore in yesterday's qualifying final. "It's a dream come true - that's for sure," Gilmore said. "All the girls were surfing so well, especially Carissa. She is amazing. I was still riding a bodyboard when I was 12." Meanwhile, Gossman faces the daunting task of taking on world number two Joel Parkinson and fellow Cooly kid Dean Morrison in his first-round heat. In yesterday's wave-starved final, Gossman, needing 6.01 to outscore Sunshine Coast surfer Leigh Sedley, snatched the lead with less than a minute to go to claim his second Quiksilver shot. "I just felt really confident for that heat, and all the heats, knowing I could do well if I got the waves," Gossman said. "I'm just hoping I can go from here and get a good start to my QS campaign as well, so that I can be here next year as a member of the top 45, and won't have to do the trials again.