“I’m really at a loss for words right now,” Gilmore said. “Mel (Bartels) is one of the most dangerous surfers in the world and has had my number on several occasions. Even on that last wave there, I was certain she’d got the score. I was blown away when they called it out and I’m rapt right now.”
It's the first time a surfer has won four consecutive titles since starting out on the tour. Gilmore began her championship run as a rookie.
“I guess I haven’t really been thinking about that,” Gilmore said. “But to hold a record that Layne (Beachley) or even Kelly (Slater) never got is pretty special. I never thought I would even win two, consecutive titles so to win four is a massive achievement for me.”
Here's a quick glimpse of the 22-year-old's resume:
Four consecutive ASP Women’s World Titles
ASP Women’s World Tour Rookie of the Year (2007)
Two-time Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Titles
15 ASP Women’s World Tour event victories