Stephanie GILMORE

Australia AUS

Surfing

  • First Olympic Games
    Tokyo 2020
  • Year of Birth
    1988
Olympic Results

Biography

Stephanie GILMORE

Australian Stephanie Gilmore - nicknamed Happy Gilmore for her ‘joyful and positive personality’ - has been dominating the surfing scene ever since she made her emphatic debut back in 2007.

The New South Wales native began surfing at the age of 10 on Australia’s famous Gold Coast, thanks to the encouragement of her father, and was a natural on the waves. By the time she was 17 she was already entering competitions as a wild card competitor. In 2005, she won at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.

After winning a second successive wild card event, Gilmore qualified for the 2007 ASP World Tour – and the rest is record-breaking history.

She claimed the 2007 title by winning four of eight events, going onto win what would be five successive titles – claiming the top spot in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014 too. She regained her title again in 2018.

Her actions on the water did not go unnoticed and in 2010 Gilmore was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame when she was just 22 years old, the youngest to ever inductee at the time.

She spent some time in 2017 exploring her creative side, specifically through music which involved a part-time move to LA. After recharging, Gilmore came back flying. She won a record-tying seventh world title at the end of the 2018 season, the joint-most for a woman in surfing.

As well as being an ever-present figure on the waves, she is dedicated to being a leader off them, too. She helped lead the WSL to achieve equal pay for women, seeing them become one of the first international sporting organisations to do so. At 33, and a veteran of the sport, Gilmore likes to be involved in the development of the next generations including the ‘Rising Tides’ at WSL events.

Gilmore wasn't able to slot an Olympic gold next to her record-breaking World titles, being knocked out in round three by eventual finalist Bianca Buitendag of South Africa.

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