Stephanie Gilmore: Part II

Even surfing world champions have their superstitions


In the second installment of our chat with Stephanie Gilmore, we uncover her secret penchant for Google Maps, and her one weird superstition.

What’s the most suprising item you can’t travel without?
My iPhone. Google Maps is my saviour, my absolute saviour. There’s a trick with Google Maps – you preload it and it still follows your dot, where you go. That has saved me so many times. I’ve been lost in France trying to find the airport like ‘oh my god, I’m so gonna miss my flight.’ That’s not really surprising [though], everyone loves Google Maps. Umm… my ukelele?

Which beach do you still want to visit?
There are many, many places. There are so many waves in Tahiti that I haven’t been to. I’m really fascinated by Norway. There’s really good waves in Scandinavia. Great surfing in Scotland and Ireland, but in Norway there are good waves. In Iceland there’s waves. For some reason I’m really drawn to going there and checking that out.

If you started a business what would it be?
It’d have to be an app, wouldn’t it? That’s how you make the most money. I would work with my sisters and create… I don’t know, I’m not so good with the actual design part of things so I would just hire my sisters to do all the designing. We’ve talked about making a lingerie label together, which would be cool.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Wet hair on my back. I hate getting out of the surf and having wet hair on my back. Or if I tie my hair up in my heat it has to be in the centre of my head, otherwise I feel like I’m going to lose balance, if it’s to the side. That’s probably my only real superstition.

How are you feeling about being back in the surf after winning your sixth World Title?
We don’t get long to soak it up. That’s surfing, it’s all year round; we don’t really have a season. And even in our holidays we’re still surfing, we’re always chasing swells and trying to get better waves. That’s the beauty of what we do, which is that we love it so much that it can consume our entire life.

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