Gilmore revved up for challenge
KINGSCLIFF’S Stephanie Gilmore will be looking to make it four from five when she paddles out for the fifth stop on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Movistar Peru Classic this week.
The 22-year-old reigning three-time ASP women’s world champion and current world No.1 has been on a rampage in 2010, collecting three wins from four events and grabbing a stranglehold on the rankings’ lead.
“It has to be the most talented field ever and so this great string of results has surprised me as well,” she said.
While Gilmore has a had a major roll in South America, collecting two wins and a runner-up finish in the past three seasons, the iconic Australian admits that this year’s new venue will level the playing field.
For the first time in the event’s four-year history, the Classic will whisk the ASP top 17 away from the lengthy, sandbar lefts of Lobitos and Mancora in exchange for the punchy reefbreaks of San Bartolo in Lima.
“This is my first time to San Bartolo and I don’t really know what to expect but I have been to Lima before and it was a pleasant experience,” Gilmore said.
“I’m excited to get there for a new challenge. It’s pretty cool to rock up to a new event venue and see what happens.
“Sofia Mulanovich (Peru) is always a threat, especially on home turf, but the conditions are beachbreak stuff so any of the girls are dangerous.”
Gilmore faces Bruna Schmitz (BRA), 20, and one of the Peruvian wildcards in the opening round of Movistar Peru Classic competition.