Gilmore claims seventh crown

Australian surfer Steph Gilmore has won her seventh world surfing title equalling the record set by Layne Beachley.

Gilmore won the season-ending Maui Pro event after American Lakey Peterson made an early exit. 

The 30-year-old said surfing means everything to her. 

"This is just, I don't know, I wasn't expecting this right now, I just went home to chill out and come back and get ready for battle," Gilmore said.

"That was intense, but, oh my gosh, I can't believe it, it's so cool," Gilmore said, failing to hold back the tears."

Gilmore has the chance to surpass Beachley in 2019 and needs another four to equal Kelly Slater's record of 11 world titles.

IMAGE: World Surf League 

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