Steph makes it two
by Phil Roxburgh
KINGSCLIFF'S Stephanie Gilmore took out the World Under-18 girls title at Huntington Beach, California, this week.
It was her second consecutive win following her success in the event in Tahiti last year.
She was Australia's only winner this time after the team scooped the pool last year.
Stephanie's big win at the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast this year set the scene for an amazing year in which she has taken all before her as well as doing her HSC.
Indeed, celebrations were cut short, as she sat her English exam the following day in the United States, before flying home to complete the rest.
Daunting, to say the least, but you know what they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Now that school's out, the girls on the WCT had better watch out next year.
Cottesloe's Dave Delroy-Carr was Australia's only other finalist.
He finished an impressive third in a close Under-16 boys final.
The Australian team finished fourth in the tag-team event and in the overall pointscore.
U18 girls: Gold, Stephanie Gilmore (Australia); silver, Karina Petroni (US); bronze, Carissa Moore (Hawaii); copper, Lani Hunter (Hawaii). U18 boys: Gold, Jefferson Silva (Brazil); silver, Tanner Gudauskas (US); bronze, Thomas Hermes (Brazil); copper, Jordy Smith (South Africa). U16 boys: Gold, Tonino Benson (Hawaii); silver, Clay Marzo (Hawaii); bronze, Dave Delroy-Carr (Australia); copper, Wiggolly Dantas (Brazil).
Tag-team event: Gold, France; silver, South Africa; bronze, USA; copper, Australia.
Overall pointscore: Gold, Hawaii (5904); silver, Brazil (5321); bronze, USA (5173); copper, Australia (4966).
The next Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships will be held in Maresias, Brazil, in May next year.