Gilmore geared for Dee Why

COOLANGATTA-based world champion Stephanie Gilmore has been putting in the hours in preparation for this week's Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic starting today at Dee Why Point in Sydney.

The event is the third on the seven-stop 2009 ASP Women's World Tour, and after a lengthy winter break Gilmore, like many of the women competitors, can't wait to get back in the action.

“Throughout the break I have enjoyed a fair bit of downtime,” Gilmore said.

“I've been exploring California, seeing the sights, filming for my sponsors and taking pleasure in a few surf trips here and there. In the last few weeks I have really started to focus on the recommencement of the ASP Women's World Tour and I am looking forward to putting the contest vest on and racking up another win.”

For the first time in the event's four-year history, the Beachley Classic will move venues from the beach breaks of Manly to the nearby point break of Dee Why, a move that Gilmore believes will be to her advantage.

“I just got back from some great point breaks where the paddles were long and hard, so I feel fit and ready,” she said.

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