Roxy just dropped an ode to Stephanie Gilmore, showcasing the major accomplishments of her extraordinary career as a professional surfer. With 29 Tour wins and 7 World Titles, Gilmore has accomplished more in women's professional surfing than just about anyone else, all the while, she has been a major advocate for equal pay, and has pushed the sport to where it is today.
She is tied with Layne Beachley at 7 World Titles, and depending on who you ask, both are regarded as the greatest female surfer of all time. Now ranked at No. 5 in the world, all she needs is one more World Title to make her cause official.
Australian legend and 2012 World Champ Joel Parkinson said, "Steph is probably the greatest Australian surfer of all time." This level of prestige is only achieved through hard work and dedication, but it's undeniable that Steph has a natural gift for surfing.
The highlights of her career are extensive. From her first win in her first contest at her home break at Snapper, to her perfect 10 at the 2019 Corona Bali Protected, to her five victories at Honolua Bay, Stephanie has pushed the boundaries wherever her career has taken her. And she's done it with style.
In addition to her surfing, Steph was at the forefront of the battle for equal pay, which the WSL solidified in 2018. The WSL became the first and only US based global sports league, and among the first internationally, to achieve prize money equality.
Following the announcement, Gilmore said, "This is incredible, and I am thrilled. I hope this serves as a model for other sports, global organizations and society as a whole. My fellow women athletes and I are honored by the confidence in us, and inspired to reward this decision with ever higher levels of surfing."
The next stop on tour is going to be a dream for Steph. The Corona Open Mexico presented by Quiksilver will take place at Barra De La Cruz, which is a sand bottom behind a rock slabbing setup, extremely similar to Steph's home break at Snapper Rocks, where she has won six times. Steph has got to be feeling very confident, and a confident Steph is extremely dangerous.
The similarities in waves and current confidence should result in a solid result, meaning Steph will contend for a World Title this year. That incredible feat of surpassing Layne Beachley for the most women's World Titles will undoubtedly put her up there with Kelly Slater as one of the greatest surfers to ever live.