Australian surfing has reason to celebrate after Stephanie Gilmore and Jack Robinson scored a rare double, winning the men’s and women’s finals at the Corona Open in Mexico on Saturday.
Robinson clinched his first Championship Tour victory at Barra de la Cruz, defeating Brazilian Deivid Silva in the final after lead-up victories over Frederico Morais and Mateus Herdy.
Stephanie Gilmore and Jack Robinson celebrate after winning the Corona Open in Mexico.Credit:Tony Heff/World Surf League
It was the first victory by an Australian this year and comes after Owen Wright’s bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics last month.
Robinson, 23, from Western Australia, scored 8.33 with his fifth wave – the highest score of the decider – and claimed victory by just 0.02 points.
“We did it and I don’t even know where to start,” Robinson said. “It’s like a feeling I got when I qualified and I’m still in that state of processing it.
Jack Robinson after his win In Mexico.Credit:Tony Heff/World Surf League
“When I’m in a certain zone I don’t say too much and I was in that zone this week. Just being able to rise above the level of surfing that everyone was at – I felt like I could do that in every heat.”
Meanwhile, fresh off her Olympic campaign, Gilmore edged out Hawaii’s Malia Manuel for her first title of 2021 and the 32nd Championship Tour victory of her career.
Gilmore has moved into fourth position heading into the Rip Curl World Surfing League Finals, which will take place in at Lower Trestles in California next month, where she is eager to add to her seven world titles.
“I haven’t won a contest in a while,” she said. “It’s the best feeling … I’m so proud to win here.
“I was hoping to climb up the rankings maybe one spot for the finals at Trestles so I didn’t have to surf as many heats on finals day. This is sick. Ever since seeing this event in 2006 for the men and losing Snapper off the tour, this is the next best thing.”
Seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore is hitting form at the right time. Credit:Tony Heff/World Surf League
Fellow Olympian Sally Fitzgibbons bowed out to Manuel in her semi-final but still sits third in the overall standings.
Corona Open Mexico women’s final results
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.83
2 – Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.27
Corona Open Mexico men’s final results
1 – Jack Robinson (AUS) 15.16
2 – Deivid Silva (BRA) 15.14
WSL final five – women
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW)
2 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA)
3 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
4 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
4 – Johanne Defay (FRA)
WSL final five – men
1 – Gabriel Medina (BRA)
2 – Italo Ferreira (BRA)
3 – Filipe Toledo (BRA)
4 – Conner Coffin (USA)
5 – Morgan Cibilic (AUS)
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