Stephanie Gilmore thanks the Tweed community for their support.
Stephanie Gilmore thanks the Tweed community for their support. Darren Simondson Surfin Snapps Photography

Steph thanks community

TWEED golden girl Stephanie Gilmore has thanked the community for its support during an appearance at the Roxy Pro cocktail party on Wednesday night.

Four-time world champion Ms Gilmore had been out of the water since suffering a December 27 attack that left her with a fractured wrist and ligament damage.

The surfing star was confident about her return to the water to continue her quest for a fifth straight world surfing title in the ASP World Tour season opener at Snapper Rocks.

Ms Gilmore was all smiles at the glittering Roxy event, which was held at the Surfers Deck overlooking Snapper Rocks.

“We need some waves really; I've had a couple of days now to find my groove. My wrist is not completely healed but having these couple of lay days has been really, really good,” Ms Gilmore said. “Everything but my wrist has healed.

“The support that I've had from around the world has been fantastic, especially from my local friends and family. Everyone in Tweed has been great. I feel really safe and I'm just so happy to be home.”

A selection of the world's best surfers gathered at the official Roxy competition event for drinks and music by the sea.

The Roxy Pro is set to finish next Wednesday.



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