Stephanie Gilmore is currently one of the most dominant surfers in history, and after provisionally qualifying to represent Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, she has a shot at adding a gold medal to her long list of achievements. She won the first of her seven World Titles during her 2007 rookie season, becoming the first surfer on the men’s and women’s side to accomplish such a feat. It would be her first of four-straight she’d collect during her rapid takeover of the sport.
Her surfing has been compared to fellow Gold Coast style master Joel Parkinson because of its pure artistry. Her aggressive approach is grounded in genius precision and technical expertise that has set s new performance benchmark for the women. Today, the generation of women she's inspired is her biggest challenge … and she couldn’t be happier.
A true-blue Aussie, she grew up the youngest of three girls in Murwillumbah, on the edge of the Tweed River that separates New South Wales from Queensland. She spent her formative years battling for waves in Coolangatta’s legendary points, home to the most crowded and competitive lineups in the world. Her charming personality did little to help to snag set waves at places like Snapper, but her incredible paddling strength and dynamite surfing could certainly part a crowd. With zero room for error in an environment like that, every aspect of Steph’s approach was refined to its most efficient and elegant form. Today, her style is listed by many as one of the best in the business.
Steph’s last World Title came in 2018, and she’s been exploring her creative side since, especially with her music. She moved part-time to LA in early 2017 to plug into the music scene and recharge her batteries, and it worked. She blasted into 2017 with her fifth Roxy Pro win and staying in the title hunt to the very end. In 2018, she clinched her record-tying seventh World Title during the final event of the season at the Beachwaver Maui Pro.
She's now matched Layne Beachley for most women's World Titles in history. In 2019 Gilmore remained as relevant and stylish as ever on the way to winning her 17th and 18th CT career victories in Bali and Maui. She finished as the World No. 4 and as the top placed Australian, ensured she would lead the country’s charge when surfing makes its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
Women's CT 2019#4
Avg. heat score12.18
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First season2005 Women's CT
Age32 Jan 29, 1988
Height5 ft, 11 in 178 cm
Weight149 lbs 68 kg
HometownKingscliff, New South Wales, Australia