Kicking-off the 2017 WSL competition schedule at the ROXY Pro Gold Coast, renowned fashion photographer Simon Upton spent a day with home-town girl (and six-time world champion) Stephanie Gilmore.
This body of work offers rare access and insight to one of surfing’s most acclaimed and compelling personalities. Gilmore’s intrigue is anchored not only in her signature craft a-board, but also in her unexpected & unconventional interests. Effortlessly blending competition, runway shows, training, live performances and Proseccos, ‘Steph’ shifts her whereabouts from bustling cities to rugged coastline & everywhere in between.
"There's something so magical about the Southern end of the Gold Coast"
"You wake up before sunrise and the whole beach is packed with people exercising, it’s a really inspiring place to be."
"We had a really fun shoot, where we incorporated lots of things that I feel are my home and are special to the Gold Coast."
"The last time I worked with Simon was around 10 years ago, so it’s been a while but his photography is insane. He always captures really beautiful moments and really natural moments."
"For someone like myself, I’m not a model, so it’s about having those in-between moments that are really genuine."
Steph at home on the Gold Coast
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