Australia's Molly Picklum rides a wave during the women's qurterfinals heat in the World Surf League (WSL) Tahiti pro competition, also a surfing test event for the Paris Olympic Games 2024, in Teahupo'o in Tahiti, French Polynesia on August 16, 2023. (Photo by Jerome Brouillet / AFP) (Photo by JEROME BROUILLET/AFP via Getty Images)

NSW surfer Molly Picklum, a 21-year-old NSW Central Coast surfer, is celebrating a huge win at the Sunset Beach Pro in Hawaii, having defended her title.

Picklum said going up against another 21-year-old in Hawaiian local Bettylou Sakura Johnson in what has been described as a generational shift for women’s surfing was “pretty incredible”. 

“We’ll look back and realise how big this moment is and the push [for women] that we’re doing right now,” she said.

“[And] to go back to back is honestly unbelievable.”

Molly Picklum

Picklum, who is now world number one in the women’s rankings, scored an impressive 9.67 wave in today’s semifinal.

“I threw everything at it and kind of fell out of the sky,” she said.

“I was dead or I had a really big score, so I’m really happy I have my body in one piece.”

Picklum became the first woman to get a perfect 10 at the famous Pipeline break just over a week ago in the Pipe Pro semifinals, also against Johnson.

“It’s really cool that we have each other because we wouldn’t be pushing so hard if it wasn’t for each other,” she said.

Molly now travels to Portugal for the next stage of the World Surf League Championship Tour kicks in March.

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