Swatch Women's Pro

Warning: Gilmore Is Likely to Get Her Groove Back at Trestles

Ali Shrode

Stephanie Gilmore has yet to win an event this season. The 6-time world champ is currently sitting at No. 7 on the Jeep Leaderboard, which is undeniably sub-par by Steph standards.

Stephanie Gilmore Gilmore's attack on Lower Trestles in 2014 was relentless, and we should expect more of the same now that she's back in 2016. - WSL / Rowland/ ASP Handout

But history suggests that any second-half charge Steph plans on staging will begin at Trestles, home of the Swatch Women's Pro.

Gilmore won the event rather handily in 2014. She earned a perfect 10.0 and a 9.5 in the Final against Sally Fitzgibbons.

Steph Gilmore finished No. 1 at the 2014 Swatch Women's Pro Trestles. Steph dominated the 2014 Swatch Women's Pro at Trestles, scoring 19.5 in the Final. - WSL

Unfortunately she missed the event in 2015 due to injury. And while her results don't yet show it, Steph is actually feeling better than ever about her surfing.

"My surfing feels a lot stronger," she told the WSL earlier this year. "I used to rely heavily on natural talent. This year I've stepped up my performance."

What she's feeling is what everyone else is seeing this year. Her amazing performance in Round Two at the Roxy Pro has been called one of the best women's performances of all time. She backed that up with another scorcher at Margaret River.

While she didn't win the event, Gilmore's early-round performances at Snapper Rocks this year have been called some of her best.

Steph is especially dangerous in righthand points like Lower Trestles. She grew up at Snapper Rocks, one of the best (and most crowded) points in Australia. Snapper's long walls played a huge role in refining her silky style, and style makes a huge difference on stages like Trestles.