• Silvana Lima victorious at Rip Curl Pro!

Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia - Silvana Lima (BRA), 24 claimed her maiden ASP Womens World Tour victory last sunday, defeating two-time ASP Womens World Champion and two-time defending event winner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, to take the Rip Curl Womens Pro and become the first Brazilian in history ever to win at the iconic venue. Event No.2 of 8 on the 2009 ASP Womens World Tour, the Rip Curl Womens Pro culminated last weekend with an action-packed Final that saw both athletes pushing the levels of high-performance surfing. Despite both surfers racking up high scores, it was Lima who would rise to the occasion and ring the bell for inaugural win. "This feels amazing", Lima said. "This is the first World Tour event I've ever won and to win it at Bells Beach is like a dream. To be the first winner from Brazil to ring the Bell, it's amazing. I am so happy! I hope everyone in Brazil stays up and parties big" The high-flying Brazilian wasted no time in racking up scores against Gilmore, opening with a 9.17 before backing it up with an 8.17 in the opening minutes of the final to put her opponent on the ropes. "Steph (Gilmore) is so good out there in any conditions and I knew I needed to get scores on top of her quickly", Lima said. "I was able to get really strong waves at the start and my boards felt like were working really well" The win rockets Lima into No.2 on the ASP World Tour ratings, once again cementing her position as a legitimate ASP Womens World Title threat. "The World Title is always my goal, every year", Lima said. "Last year was a really good year for me, but I couldn't win an event. Now that I have a win, my confidence is very high and I look forward to the next event". Gilmore was the form surfer of the morning, eliminating Paige Hareb (NZL), 18, in a close Quarterfinal before racking up the highest single-wave score of the vent (a 9.60 out of a possible 10) in her Semifinal bout, but was unable to find a rhythm against her South American opponent in the Final. "Silvana finally got me and she was ripping", Gilmore said. "Her win was well-deserved and I hope it creates a great rivalry for the year ahead". Despite her runner-up finish, Gilmore has further established her stranglehold on the ASP Womens World Tour ratings lead heading into the mid-year break. "Of course I'm disappointed not to come away with the win but runner-up is still a solid result for me" , Gilmore said. "Bells is one of those places that makes you hungry to come out on top and it would have been amazing to get three in a row. Congratulations to Silvana though and I'll look ahead to the rest of the year".