- Nov 27, 2018 -
Today might have been the busiest day in WSL broadcasting history. Between the Women’s World Title showdown at the Beachwaver Maui Pro, maxed-out conditions at the Jaws Challenge, and the World Longboard Championships in Taiwan — not to mention that ultra-critical QS10,000 Vans World Cup taking a quick breather before resuming tomorrow to determine final cast members for the 2019 Men’s Championship Tour — you basically had to pick your poison today.
Rightfully stealing the majority of the thunder, though, was Stephanie Gilmore winning her seventh Women’s World Title, tying Australian surfer Layne Beachley’s record for the most championship crowns in female surfing history.
Gilmore can thank Alana Blanchard for relieving the pressure so early. After handily defeating Steph’s only rival, World #2 Lakey Peterson, in Round 2 at the final Women’s CT stop, the Beachwaver Maui Pro, the event wildcard and young mother basically gift-wrapped the Title for the Australian, who is currently ruling the pumping, overhead surf at Honolua Bay with the highest heat total, 16.16.