The Tempest: Stephanie Gilmore, a piano, and the waves of Indonesia | Photo: Jon Frank

Stephanie Gilmore was looking for "cute slabs" in Indonesia. Did she find it? Let's see.

It's easy to understand why Stephanie Gilmore accumulated six world surfing titles in her living room. She reads the wave like few others, and her physical characteristics were clearly made for surfing.

But when she embarks on surf trips, she doesn't lose her focus. Gilmore just smiles a little more than she does when in competitive mode and expresses herself more freely.

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Courtney Conlogue: she always does well in Guincho | Photo: Poullenot/WSL

Courtney Conlogue has conquered her second consecutive Cascais Women's Pro, in the challenging five-foot waves of Guincho, in Portugal.

The American surfer defeated Tyler Wright by a narrow margin and postponed the Australian's lifelong dream. The next battles will be fought in Landes, France, and in Honolua Bay, Hawaii.

"The world title race has definitely tightened up. I still have a lot of work ahead of me. I'm one step closer, which is always a positive. I am just really happy with my performance at this event, and I feel that I am on a good path right now," expressed Courtney Conlogue.

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Lippstadt: a new surf break is about to change this German town | Photo: Frensch

A group of German inland surfers from Lippstadt is trying to convince the local authorities to build a standing wave on the Lippe River.

It's a small town with roughly 70,000 inhabitants, and it is the birthplace of the famous German football player Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Lippstadt - the Venice of Westphalia - is 300 kilometers (186 miles) away from the North Sea, so there are no real ocean waves here.

Nevertheless, surf is where you find it, and a local hardcore crew spotted a tremendous surfing opportunity in the Lippe River. Several spots have been identified, and one of the best is a small slope located near an old water mill.

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