Molly Picklum edges Stephanie Gilmore to proceed giant-killing run at J-Bay


Stephanie Gilmore’s hopes of defending her World Surf League crown are hanging within the steadiness after turning into a sufferer of Molly Picklum’s giant-killing run at J-Bay in South Africa.

Picklum ousted Gilmore within the quarter-finals earlier than edging world No.1 Carissa Moore in an exciting semi-final to safe her spot within the J-Bay decider.

The 20-year-old, who’s in her second season on the Championship Tour, will tackle American Lakey Peterson within the closing.

Gilmore, the eight-time world champion, pulled off a wonderful 8.77 experience late in her battle in opposition to Picklum, that means she required a 6.90 on her closing wave to safe victory.

The 35-year-old tried her finest however might solely handle a 5.17 on a wave that lacked energy and top.

The end result means world No.6 Gilmore might want to pull off a robust end result within the closing WSL occasion of the schedule – the Tahiti Professional – with the intention to safe a top-five berth and a spot within the end-of-season finals.

Picklum, who’s now assured a spot in September’s title showdown in California, adopted up her win over Gilmore with a decent 10.00-9.40 victory over Moore.

Peterson ruined the probabilities of an all-Australian closing by beating Tyler Wright within the different semi-final, 11.47 to 10.00.

Wright was fortunate to make it to the ultimate 4 after surviving an enormous scare in her quarterfinal battle in opposition to Gabriela Bryan.

Bryan wanted to attain 5.34 on her closing wave to overhaul Wright’s two-wave tally, and the Hawaiian notched 6.27 to take the lead.

With simply 10 seconds remaining, Wright set off on a wave needing 5.27 to win.

She pulled off a sequence of robust manoeuvres to safe a rating of 5.60, handing her the win 12.93 to 12.60.

“I acquired my interval yesterday, so at present just isn’t the best for me,” Wright informed the WSL broadcast after scraping previous Bryan.

“It’s a type of ones that earlier than I’m paddling out I’m like, ‘I’ve acquired no concept how I’m going to tug it off’.

“I’m simply making an attempt to channel my interval vitality and simply get it finished so I can return and get heat.”