STEPH GIL­MORE BY TYLER WRIGHT

Tracks - - Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants -

Early on I had my broth­ers to look up to. Owen, Tim and Mikey have def­i­nitely shaped my men­tal­ity and the way I surf in a lot of ways. They’re all still huge in­flu­ences to this day. Mick Fan­ning has been an­other big one, not just his surf­ing but his char­ac­ter and the way he con­ducts him­self. To have role mod­els like Mick and Steph in your cho­sen sport is pretty in­cred­i­ble I think. Steph Gil­more has been a huge in­flu­ence – not just on me per­son­ally but on a whole gen­er­a­tion of fe­male surfers. There’s not a big age dif­fer­ence be­tween us but she started out so young – I think she was just 17 when she won that first con­test at Snap­per. You could just tell right from the start that she was pretty spe­cial. I ad­mire her flow and grace on a wave – I don’t think ev­ery­one has that. You ei­ther have got it or you don’t and Steph has def­i­nitely got it. She’s able to con­nect all her turns to­gether and make it look ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful. I think she surfs best on her front side. Put her on a right, any right - bar­rel­ing right, an open-faced right – and she’ll be amaz­ing. She’s taught me so much over the years. Com­pet­ing against her when I was young was one of my favourite things in the world and even though I usu­ally lost I learnt a lot. More than any­one knows. Not so much ad­vice passed down but just by watch­ing her surf heats and the way she car­ries her­self and con­ducts her­self on land. She’s set such a high stan­dard and done so such much for women’s surf­ing and I re­spect her greatly for that. The fur­ther I get into my own ca­reer the more I un­der­stand and re­spect what she’s achieved.

PHOTO: TOSTEE

TOP EBRATESTITLE PHOTO: LEFT: WIN. WILSONHER TYLER WORLDCELMAIN: KNOCK DELIVERINGOUT BLOW IN A THE MENTAWAIS. PHOTO: WIL­SON RIGHT: STEPH GIL­MORE'S WILD­CARD WIN AS A 17 YEAR OLD AT THE 2005 ROXY PRO WAS A HUGE IN­FLU­ENCE ON A YOUNG TYLER.

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