The Courier-Mail

10 YEARS AGO

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BIG BREAK ENSURES A SWELL FUTURE FOR STEPH She’s surfing’s latest “million-dollar baby” and almost certainly the richest schoolgirl on the Tweed Coast. At 17, Stephanie Gilmore has signed a six-figure sponsorshi­p deal to become the face of Australian surf gear giant Rip Curl. The five-year contract will make Gilmore among the highest-paid women surfers in the world. The deal is likely to soar to seven figures when she starts winning world titles.

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