What do Stephanie Gilmore and Maurice Ravel have in common?

September 30, 2016 | Surfing
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.

Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Jon Frank traveled with the Australian champ and captured her lines on a strike mission to the waves of Indonesia. The result is "The Tempest," a five-minute portrait of tube riding mastery.

The short film includes Maurice Ravel's "Jeux d'Eau" performed by Italian classical pianist Alberto Bof. A piano never sounded so surfy.