Words by: Alia Lievore
Steph Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons went head to head in the final of the 2019 Corona Bali Pro over the weekend and oh boy, there is nothing like a bit of healthy competition between friends. Unfortunately for Fitzgibbons, she just couldn’t take down the champ; Gilmore finished off the final with a perfect 10 point ride, out classing Fitzgibbons by a whopping 9.83 points.
Going into the competition ranked 5th, after having been knocked out in the quarters on the Goldie and at Bells Gilmore’s performance in Bali means she has swiftly made her way right back up to the top of the WSL leader board. Not to brag (on Gilmore’s behalf) but regardless of the 10.00 banger she pulled out in the final 2 minutes of the competition Gilmore had actually already won the contest, so by that point the perfect 10.00 was just a display of showmanship.
“I can’t believe this, I just can’t,” Gilmore said. “I knew Sally (Fitzgibbons) was going to be out there looking for barrels, but I just had to stick to my game plan and find the right waves and make the best out of them. At the end, I was thinking ‘Just get the excellent range’ because I haven’t really done that all event and I just kept thinking about then pulled the trigger on that one and just closed my eyes and held my line and then I came up. It was so cool.”
The WSL moves to Margaret River next, maybe Gilmore and Fitzgibbon’s hometown advantage will see them in another finals faceoff.