Stephanie Gilmore has won the Oi Rio Women’s Pro, Stop No. 4 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), after a massive day of competition in four-to-five foot (1.2 - 1.5 metre) surf at Itaúna Beach in Saquarema.
It was a landmark day for Australian surfing, with Stephanie Gilmore claiming the women's No.1 ranking after beating Hawaiian Tatiana Weston-Webb, while surfing legend Mick Fanning finishes second in his final competition at Bells Beach.
Australian track star Sally Pearson has been nominated for a prestigious Laureus World Sport Award following her emotional gold medal win at the World Championships last year.
Australia's Tyler Wright has won a second successive world surfing title after reaching the semi-finals of the season-ending Maui Pro in Hawaii.
Aussie Julian Wilson has gone down to Gabriel Medina in the final of the World Surf League event in Portugalbut still remains an outside chance at claiming the overall world title with on event remaining.
It is not often that an elite athlete reaches the top of his or her sport without the help of a coach. But then Australia’s Tyler Wright is not your average sportswoman.
Future Australian Olympic surf stars received another massive boost today as the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC) gets set to take on a whole new look and feel in 2018 after the first sod of soil was turned in a major expansion project thanks to both Federal and State funding grants.