17-Year-Old Surfer Eliminates The 8x Surfing Champion Stephanie Gilmore From World Championship

Published 02/05/2023, 4:15 PM EST

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The Billabong Pro Pipeline is one of the most popular events for surfing fans. And the recent second round of the women’s championship has shown why. The eight-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore was among the favorites to lift the trophy. However, the sudden turn of events shocked the fans, as the Australian champion was eliminated only in the second round. 

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The shocking exit of the reigning world champion has opened the doors for a new potential winner in this year’s tournament. 

Stephanie Gilmore fell short by 0.2 seconds

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On February 4, the Australian surfer fell into the elimination round after a score of 2.8 in her opening heat. The 35-year-old had to secure a position among the top 2 to avoid elimination in the second round. Gilmore had to score 3.03 for the second spot. 

CNN reported that the champion Australian surfer didn’t have the best of days, as during her attempt a wave crashed into her. With just 2 minutes on the clock, the 8-time-world champion couldn’t pull a miracle and finished in the third spot with just 0.2 seconds. 

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A 17-year-old surfer from California, Simmers won the elimination round with a total of 12.67. Another Californian surfer Alyssa stood second with a score of 6.63. The reigning champion managed to get a total score of 6.43. The champion surfer recently created history after winning the eighth championship and revealed who inspired her. 

Gilmore’s source of inspiration for the eighth title

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In one of her interviews, Gilmore revealed her struggles during the initial phase of her career. She had to go through a lot of gender-discriminatory behavior. However, she also added that it was a legendary tennis player who inspired her to break the shell and accept the challenges. 

 

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The motivation helped her in achieving the greatest feat in women surfing history. Last year in September, she lifted the World Championship trophy for the eighth time. She is the only woman on this planet to achieve this historic feat. It would be crucial to see how the surfing legend would bounce back after her recent exit. 

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Shivam Sharma

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Shivam Sharma is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, he has previously worked as a writer and an anchor for Navbharat Today, penning down and explaining issues around sports, politics, and international relations. He is an admirer of Virat Kohli for the passion that he brings to the field.
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