Gilmore struggled in the first semi, her two waves of 0.57 and 1.93 nowhere near enough to challenge Brazilian Tatiana Weston-Webb who progressed through to the finals with a total of 14.50.

Needing a SF win to regain first position in the Jeep leaderboard, Gilmore was unable to grab a decent wave.

The second semi saw Wright load up against French woman Johanne Defay. 

Wright recorded a sweet 7.23 on her first wave and managed a 6.50 to put her in the lead until Defay's last wave of 7.77 pipped Wright at the post. The winning margin just 0.04.

Defay then went on to win the event.

 

Congratulations @johannedefay, winner of the 2018 #UluwatuCT! 🏆

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The results leave a tight race at the top of the leaderboard. Lakey Peterson sits on top with 35,630 and Gilmore just 55 points behind on 35,575.