The current Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore has been forced to withdraw from the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro with a fracture to her fibula following a spill during a free surf yesterday. Stephanie, who is currently second on the Samsung Galaxy World Tour, is not the only surfer to have had to pull out of the Drug Aware Pro, as Jordy Smith had an early exit after suffering a deep laceration to the heel earlier this week.
Stephanie explains in the interview embedded below, that it was during a free surf further down the coast, that she went over the falls with the lip and tried to pencil drop into the shallows, unfortunately she drove straight into the sand. As yet the full extent of the injury is not known, but barring damage to any ligaments Stephanie is expecting to compete in Brazil in May.
The injury is a blow to six times World Champion, Stephanie who is already trailing Carissa Moore by 4000 points on the tour leaderboard and with Carissa looking dominate with back to back wins already under her belt, Stephanie will be working hard to compete in Brazil and fighting to defend her 2014 title. With two pros hurt in free surfs this week and forced to withdraw, do you think that when they are competing they should remain focused on the event or is it OK to nip off and hunt down better waves? You can see the WSL interview in the clip below, get well soon Stephanie and we look forward to seeing you back and fighting fit at the Oi Rio Women’s Pro.
Pictures courtesy of WSL