Q&A with Stephanie Gilmore
The four-time world champion surfer on her sun-avoiding secrets.
For Australian Pro Surfer Stephanie Gilmore, life's a beach. Literally. The globetrotting, bohemian blonde took time out during the ASP World Championship Tour's first-ever stop in Long Island to talk surfing and style.
This week's workout:
I surfed at least once a day, with some yoga poses to start the morning off. The waves haven't been that great so I've been trying to experiment with some boxing classes and a barre class. They use very different muscles from what I use for surfing, but it's great to mix it up and keep it interesting.
Where she feels most at home:
Where ever my suitcase is — usually by the ocean.
What she's totally over:
Sunscreen she swears by:
Ella Bache Opaque SPF 30 covering cream.
Hair product she can't live without:
Marion Cotilliard in Midnight in Paris and Alexa Chung.
Most surfers or watermen have a great perspective on health and a balance in lifestyle. I really admire those who work hard but also have fun and make time for themselves to enjoy life.
Best insider tip:
Look after yourself from the inside out for the best results — i.e., fuel your body with the freshest ingredients, stay hydrated and be active.
On her playlist right now:
The Bee Gee's Saturday Night Fever stuff is so good. (Laughs).
Favorite healthy meal:
The massive salads at Mother's Market in Southern California or the DIY salad bar at Whole Foods.
Ultimate decadent meal:
La Esquina in NYC is the most delicious gourmet Mexican food, with the absolute best chocolate pudding dessert! I'm claiming best in the world.
Quiksilver made a Slayer T-shirt but changed it to Slater (as in Kelly Slater). It was a men's shirt so I cut it up and made it a little more funky, and I pretty much live in the thing.
Chocolate of any kind.
Australia's Rainbow Bay because it's in my hometown, and is still the most beautiful of them all.
Three things on her bucket list:
Play in a band to a crowd of 50,000, ride a bike around NYC with Gaga, tow in to some big waves.
If she had a time machine, she'd visit:
Paris in the '50's looked like it owned all of the romance the world has to offer.
What relaxes her:
On her bedside table:
Vanity Fair, Interview magazine and Just Kids by Patti Smith.
Number one reason for taking care of her body:
We only have one.
If she weren't a surfer, she'd be:
A travel journalist/photographer.
Message she'd send to the world. (Only catch: It has to be 140 characters or less.):
If you can't rock and roll, don't fuckin' come.