Five-time ASP Women’s World Surfing Champion, Stephanie Gilmore recently cruised her way to victory at the 2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast competition last March and has just advanced into the 2014 Rip Curl Pro semi-finals. Stephanie took some time off to chat with us about her one true love, surfing!
1. What’s on your plate at the moment?
The ASP tour just kicked off for the year, so I’ve been surfing and focusing on that, also Roxy just launched the new POP Surf Campaign which I’m featuring in and we’ve been having a lot of fun sharing the collection with the surf and fashion world!
2. You started surfing at a really young age, when did you realise this passion of yours?
Growing up at the beach is a very lucky thing for anyone to have. From a young age I was consumed by the salt water, sun and waves, but I think it’s more than a passion, it’s my first love and I realised that from the first few times I was out there learning to surf.
3. How do you think women surfers are portrayed in the media?
I think we are portrayed authentically, like healthy, positive, sexy beach babes, who love to get out there with the boys, rather than wait for them on the beach.
4. Could you tell us a bit about the film Stephanie in the Water by your friend, director/screenwriter Ava Warbrick and what was it like shooting it?
Ava and I first met when we started filming back in 2009 and it was not long before we were very comfortable around each other and I was happy to share my life with the camera. Ava and Isabelle Freeman, have created an intimate portrait documentary of myself, and I think it’s a beautiful piece of work. It’s shot in Super 16mm film, with some stunning surf footage and closely follows my story during a very important part of my career. I think the audience will love it.
Read the whole interview in our May issue, available at newsstands and bookstores nationwide.