Stephanie Gilmore is one of the most dominant female competitive surfers to ever live. Her 6 world titles by the age of 26 have put her one away from the all-time women’s record of 7 by Layne Beachley. Still only 29, Gilmore has years ahead of her still to accomplish the feat — just look at Kelly Slater who is still on tour at 45!
But Gilmore’s surfing is so much more than that. Her surfing is so many different things at once: powerful yet graceful, raw yet precise, high-speed yet unhurried.
The North Shore is the ultimate place to display one’s surfing abilities, and Gilmore always shines on the North Shore. Whether Gilmore is on a soft top, a single fin, a twin fin or a traditional shortboard, her surfing always sticks out.
As Maassen told GrindTV, “[Gilmore’s surfing] is always a sight to behold. I long ago decided she was my favorite surfer, for her style, power and elegance transcends every board and wave she touches.”
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