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By 8 a.m. ET Monday, in a tight, well-surfed second heat of the Rip Curl Search Quarterfinal against Hawaii's Melanie Bartels, 22-year-old Australian surfer Stephanie Gilmore was crowned World Champion for the fourth consecutive time.
As predicted Sunday, it wasn't any easy heat by any means. The surf at Middles, on the North Shore of Puerto Rico, remained in the chest to head-high range, and while considerably cleaner than yesterday, conditions ...
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