One such talent is the current female world surf champion, Stephanie Gilmore. Much more than just a talent she is, in fact, one of the greatest (if not the greatest) surfers ever to lay feet on a board. And for those of you who don’t know her too well, she is also a hometown girl.
Living just over the border in nearby Northern NSW most of her life has meant that accessibility to world-class waves have no doubt sharpened Steph’s skills into becoming one of the most prolific competitors out there. Taking out her first world title as a rookie back in 2007 at the ripe old age of 19, she has then gone on to win a further six world titles- and none more deservedly so than perhaps last year.
Nicknamed by friends as ‘Happy Gilmore’, Gilmore not only mesmerises people with her skills on a piece of fibreglass, she is also a devoted ocean conservationist, a brand ambassador, and works with charities sponsoring children and providing safe water in Africa.
On the back of an emotional title win this last season and the eve of starting the whole championship again here on the Gold Coast at The Boost Mobile Pro, I had the chance to put some questions Stephanie’s way and perhaps gain a little insight into what makes her tick.