STEPHANIE Gilmore wins five world titles at the Roxy Pro Biarritz, pin back those lugs and listen, she's only 24.
"I woke up this morning and thought it wouldn't happen today," Gilmore said. "But as the day progressed, and things fell into place, I began to believe it could happen. France is such a special place and having so many people on the beach watching us surf today is really emotional. I think I'm going to cry."
Gilmore set an ASP record by being the first surfer ever to win four titles from four attempts (2007 - 2010), but fell back to ASP Women's World No. 3 in 2011. Today's emotional win is a reassertion of her dominance as one of the greatest icons in women's sports.
"This year for me was all about improving my consistency and having fun with my surfing," Gilmore said. "From when I started five years ago to where we are now, women's surfing has improved so much. It's an honor to be back up top as these girls push me everyday and are all incredible surfers."