The surfing world owes Stephanie Gilmore an apology
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them”, writes bad boy Billy Shakespeare. Or in the case of Stephanie Gilmore, some are quietly getting GOAT status while no one is watching. Perhaps one of the most notable aspects of Gilmore’s eighth world title was that no one gave him a chance to make history.
In a massive failure of surfing groupthink, it’s hard, in hindsight, to justify how most surfing fans and so-called experts underestimated and ignored the greatest female surfer of all time. . How did a seven-time world champion, one of the most stylish humans to ever ride a surfboard, and with a competitive track record only bettered by Kelly Slater, get written off ahead of the WSL final?