Gilmore wins in California with a perfect 10

Stephanie Gilmore on her way to winning at Lower Trestles in California, USA. (ASP)

Stephanie Gilmore on her way to winning at Lower Trestles in California, USA. (ASP)

Stephanie Gilmore of Kingscliff, NSW, has taken out the final at Lower Trestles in California with a first-ever perfect 10 for the event.

Five-time world champion Gilmore took the lead early with a 9.50, while Sally Fitzgibbons began with a 7.

After a couple of lead changes, Gilmore got back out front, ripping up a right-hander to score an 8.93.

Her attack continued with the next wave where she put together a series of seamless turns, an elegant layback, quick floater and elegant exit, earning the first perfect 10 of the event.

‘I wanted to get Sally back from Fiji because I had a tough performance there,’ a triumphant Gilmore said.

‘Whoever won that heat there, I thought was a definitive moment for the year.’

Gilmore’s final score for the final was 19.50 while Sally Fitzgibbons from South Coast of NSW scored 14.03.

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