Keely beats six-time world champ on her birthday
SURFING: Mooloolaba's world tour rookie Keely Andrew has enjoyed a memorable birthday, beating six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore to surge into the quarter finals of the season-ending event in Hawaii.
The 22-year-old defeated her compatriot 14.50 to 8.44 in round four of Maui Women's Pro at Hawaii on Saturday to prove she will be a force to reckon with next year.
"I've always grown up idolising Steph's style, her personality, everything about her and I'm happy with that birthday present,” she said.
Earlier in the day, Andrew was second in her non-elimination three-surfer round three heat, which was won by Hawaii's Coco Ho.
She is due to face Hawaii's Ho in the last-eight, which equals her career-best results.
"I am finally finding confidence in myself and my surfing,” she said.
"I'm feeling really good and strong and I'm loving my boards. Everything is just seeming to click.”
Andrew came into the 10th and last event of the Championship Tour in 14th place on the season standings.
Gilmore was sixth in the ratings leading into the event. The 28-year-old won world titles in 2007-2010, 2012 and 2014.