Stephanie Gilmore is the best surfer in the world. Full stop. A bold claim, but we don’t traffic in fake news: Steph has seven World Surf League Championships to her name, twenty-four Elite World Tour victories and a style on the wave that’s as inimitable as it is iconic. Between her athletic precision and fluid self-expression on the wave, Steph embodies the future of surfing.
Growing up on the beaches of New South Wales, Australia, Steph cut her teeth surfing with the boys…yet her style remains distinctly feminine energy. Her expressive voice on the wave speaks to a collaborative relationship between surfer and water and a harmonious balance between power and grace. As she said during the Electric Wave shoot, “surfing is like dancing.”
Steph is not only a world-renowned athlete–and a veteran of Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch–but she is also an accomplished creative. She’s an accomplished musician, designer, and outspoken advocate. Steph led the charge towards closing the pay gap between men’s and women’s professional surfing…and succeeded. Equally inspiring on and off the wave, Steph was a natural leader during the production of Electric Wave.
Steph worked closely with director Daniel Askill in the run-up to the shoot. As she explained, “my initial meeting with Daniel was to explain what was possible on the wave and how many people you can have on the wave, doing the same thing to actually stay in sync.”
The collaboration between Steph and Daniel, despite her unparalleled experience in the surf world, Steph found a new challenge in Electric Wave. “Surfing has never seen a choreographed project before and that’s why this is so cool,” she explained. Steph had never surfed in a film this high-concept, nor had the director, Daniel Askill, worked in the surf world before.
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