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Blanchard captures first major victory

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By Mike Cherry - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's Alana Blanchard (Kauai) hit a career high today, defeating reigning world champion Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) to post a win in the Vans Hawaiian Pro, the first stop of the $1,000,000 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

Blanchard won $2,500 today but now leads the Vans Triple Crown series ratings that will pay $25,000 to the women's winner at the end of the three events.

Blanchard, 19, is a rookie on the ASP Women's World Tour this year and this is her first full crack at the Vans Triple Crown series of events.

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