After the record-extending 31st tour win, the seven-time world champion is setting her sights on an eighth title.
“There definitely is a little pattern, whoever wins Maui goes on to win the world title the next year,” Gilmore said after her win.
“I did that in 2017 and won 2018, Carissa (Moore) won here in 2018 and won this year. There is definitely a little something going on here… let’s see.”
The win also meant Gilmore made history as one of the 18 athletes the WSL Championship Tour to provisionally qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
It's also an impressive result for Wright as she returned to the WSL competition after a 17 month absence through illness.
"I feel great and I'm just so enjoying this moment," Wright told AAP.
"I didn't really expect too much because I didn't know how I was going to respond. I'd done all the work but it's still a different situation."
Wright said it helped facing Gilmore in the final.
"It's pretty easy for me to get overwhelmed and right before I paddled out I was a little bit ... but when I got in the water and saw Steph relaxing out there I thought, 'This is my friend'. I couldn't think of a better way to start or end my recovery process – whatever it is. It was a really special moment for me."