2015 has been a miserable year for the reigning world champion Stephanie Gilmore, which has now been compounded with the news that she has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Target Maui Pro later this month. Unbelievably, Stephanie, who is currently sitting in 12th place on the tour leaderboard, will now have to wait to see if she will receive a World Surf League wildcard entry to be able to compete on the tour in 2016.
It was back in April when Stephanie sustained a fractured fibula during a freesurf in between heats at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, which caused Gilmore missing five stops on this year’s tour. Stephanie did return to competition last month, where she managed a respectable 9th place at the Roxy Pro France, but currently sits in 12th position on the tour leaderboard, just 2 places outside of the automatic qualification slot.
The waiting period for the Target Maui Pro opens this Saturday (Nov 21st) and Stephanie’s misfortune has opened the door for Australian Keely Andrew, who will replace her at the event at Honolua Bay. We would like to wish Stephanie a speedy recovery and hope to see her back, stronger than ever on the 2016 World Tour. Feel free to leave your messages of support for Stephanie below and let us know if you think it goes without saying that Stephanie should be granted a 2016 wildcard entry?