World Champion Surfer Stephanie Gilmore Shares Her Wellbeing Non-Negotiables - Women's Health

World Champion Surfer Stephanie Gilmore Shares Her Wellbeing Non-Negotiables

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When we speak with Stephanie Gilmore, she’s in Texas and just back from a 6am session practising aerial manoeuvres at a wave pool out there. That’s the thing about this seven-time world champion surfer: she never wants to stop learning, improving and having fun on her board – of which she has at least 60 by the way!

The ocean is her happy place, after all, and surfing was her very first love – as she tells WH Commissioning Editor Alex Davies, it was the first thing she’d think about in the morning and the last thing before going to sleep. It’s this passion that’s seen her become one of the greatest and most iconic surfers of all time.

“Surfing really was my very first love. It was the first thing that I remember being completely consumed by – it’s what you think about in the morning and when you go to sleep. You’re always wondering what the ocean is doing. And then also all the other little things, like the wildlife encounters. I’m constantly in a state of respect. This is their home, and I’m just playing in it,” she explains.⁠

In this chat, Stephanie opens up about chasing that record eighth world title, her wellbeing non-negotiables, what we can all do to look after the ocean, and the magic of your discomfort zone.

Plus, the Roxy athlete gives her verdict on everyone’s favourite noughties surf movie Blue Crush. No, we’re not geeking out, you are. Let’s dive in…

In this chat, Steph covers:

– How she is working towards her eighth world title.

– The wellbeing rituals she swears by and how they help her achieve her goals. 

– The magic of the ocean and how she find serenity in the surf.


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