Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) has had a year of mixed results, but has pushed her way back to the top of the rankings to become a World Title contender yet again. At the start of 2014, she placed third after an interference call during Round 1 of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.
Gilmore, tucking for some tube time at the Rio Women's Pro in April. The event would prove to yield her lowest result of the year, in 13th place. She was ousted by QS star Silvana Lima (BRA) by a fraction of a point.
At the next women's WCT event, the 2014 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, conditions called for a different set of skills: Working punchy, beachbreak waves and pushing to the inside with the so-called "Huntington Hop." Gilmore rose to the occasion in Round 3.