Stephanie Hoping to be Back Before Brazil
Stephanie Gilmore’s tilt at a 7th World Title has come under just a little more pressure, after injuring her knee and withdrawing from the Magaret River Drug Aware Pro in Western Australia. Whilst free surfing away from the event site Gilmore hit the bottom straight-legged and damaged her knee, with a small fracture on her lower leg inside the knee by all reports.
Steph withdrew from the event, and has bowed out with a round four result, a throw-away result, but it is not the end of the world title chase, with it only being early in the season and many more events to go. She decided it was better to not aggravate the injury more by surfing on it, and look for a full recovery before the next event in Brazil, from the 11th to the 22nd of May. Although Brazil is just over two and a half weeks away, it is only a minor fracture, and if there is no ligament damage she is confident of returning for this event.
Carissa Moore is another story all together. Three excellent results in the first three events, will mean that Gilmore will have to come back firing on all cylinders, and that Carissa will have to falter. Moore seems like she is a girl on a mission, and will be hard to catch, losing out last year really hurt, and she is primed to get back her world title, she has two already in the bag and would love a third.
It will be an exciting year, and it was great seeing the girls out charging the big stuff just like the men.
Mick’s Lost the Yellow But Watch Out
Mick Fanning may have lost the yellow leaders jersey to Adriano Desousa, but once again he was looking the form surfer of the event before losing out in round 3. Mick has looked fast and on-point, and at Bells he really looked the goods. The men’s event should finish on Thursday or Friday, but regardless it will be Desousa who takes the yellow jersey.
Desousa is fired up to win a world title, as he was hoping to be the first Brazilian to bring a Men’s World Title home, and with Medina doing this, it has seemed to fire him up. Desousa spent over a year on the Gold Coast when he was just 16, learning English at a local college, preparing himself for his professional career. What a lot of people do not know, that he had some Aussie guardians during that time here, and they kept him well and truly grounded, unlike some of his other countrymen on the World Tour.
I still reckon, Mick Fanning has the best form on tour, and even though the beachbreaks of Brazil are next on the tour, I would never write off “White Lightning”.