Will Stephanie Gilmore become the most influential surfer of all time?

June 26, 2012 | Surfing
Stephanie Gilmore: thinking of waves all the time

Stephanie Louise Gilmore is preparing to enter the history of surfing for the best reasons. The Australian natural footer was born on the 29th January, 1988, and has already collected five world surfing titles.

Layne Beachley has concluded her professional career with seven world trophies under the belt. Gilmore is too young to be stopped and her skills excel in many wave categories.

Sometimes, it looks like Stephanie Gilmore should be competing against Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, Mick Fanning, John John Florence and friends. The blonde surfer girl stands out for her very distinctive pace, wave analysis and remarkable real-time decision taking. Even under extreme pressure.

"Surfing is my passion, my hobby, my career, my job. It's an escape". Interestingly, Gilmore started surfing with a bodyboard. Her first victory was the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, in 2005. Two years later she was dominating the world of female surfing.

Gilmore was born in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia. She is known for loving Snapper Rocks, her favorite training ground. Steph can easily show her shiny smile and, minutes later, look deeply worried or frightened. The most common characteristic in Steph's daily actions is maturity.

Stephanie Gilmore: surfing with a very unique style

The multifaceted surfing displayed by Stephanie Gilmore in the world's most splendid surf spots is also supported by a continuous change in her style. Steph can be shot for the cover of Vogue and then hang out anonymously by the beach.

The only female surfer to ever win four consecutive ASP World Tour titles in four attempts has a very interesting behavior in post-heat interviews. She often looks like she might have lost it, with a rational approach and a careful selection of words.

The colorful life of Stephanie Gilmore was only troubled when a lunatic hit her with an iron bar, near her apartment, in December 2010. Her confidence got a little damaged, but soon she was back in a winning form.

At 23, Kelly Slater only had conquered one ASP World Tour title, while Steph had four trophies. Why couldn't she be preparing to be the most influential surfer on the history of the sport?

Stephanie Gilmore: her famous worried look

Stephanie Gilmore's Facts & Figures

Date of Birth: January 29, 1988
Born: Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 147 lbs (67 kg)
Stance: Natural
World Surfing Titles: Four (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Favorite Surfboard: 5'11" x 18 1/8" x 2 3/16"
Favorite Surf Spot: Greenmount, D'Bah and Honolua Bay