The Beast and Beyond

Stephanie Gilmore was a radiant and relaxed five-foot-ten, 150-pound lioness of a surfer, all power and fluency.

Women’s surfing continued to evolve in ways that seemed to veer in and out of what was taking place in the sport at large. During the mid- and late-1990s, women's surfing was both dressed up and weighted down by Roxy Girl cuteness and the high-wattage glamour of four-time world champ Lisa Andersen. This was about to change. In the first decade of the new century, as other top women surfers came to...

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