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July 30, 2014

Breaking Waves With Stephanie Gilmore

A Career-Spanning 16mm Documentary on Surfing’s Leading Lady

Surf enthusiast Ava Warbick was in Honolua, Hawaii, in 2007 when she first caught word of Stephanie Gilmore, the first ever rookie to win the Women’s World Championship. Gripped by Gilmore’s consummate skill and poise, the aspiring filmmaker looked to her father, Doug “Claw” Warbrick (founder of surf brand Rip Curl), for pointers, and gained unbridled access to the Australian for three years. The resulting documentary, Stephanie in the Water, released this month, sheds light on the pro surfer’s beginnings at the age of 21 through to her prolific rise to become a five-time world champion, and the pressure to stay at the top of the sport. “Stephanie is radiant and grounded and illustrates true poise,” says Warbick, who captured Gilmore’s elegant swan dive kick-outs in locations that included Micronesia and Puerto Rico. “I was interested in what allows someone to perform and stay present at that elite level,” she adds. Collaborating with an all-female production team, the director completed her debut with an original score from Brooklyn-based producers Fall on Your Sword. Here, Gilmore shares her favorite warm-up music and Diana Vreeland’s timeless bikini advice. 

Who have been some of the women to inspire you over the years?
Stephanie Gilmore: [fellow pro surfers] Lisa Andersen and Kelia Moniz, for they are beauty on a wave. I admire Maria Sharapova's ambition and what she has done for the athletic female image and equality in sport.

You ultimate surf music? 
SG:
Tame Impala is great surf music, Daft Punk just makes me want to party on the wave. And if I'm ever needing to get in the mood to paddle out, I listen to “Sunny" by Marvin Gaye.

One thing we'd be surprised to know about you?
SG:
My pre-heat warm-up song is "100% Pure Love" by Crystal Waters.

Any secret talents?
SG:
I will beat you in table tennis.

You've cited Rihanna as a style icon––what's the most glamorous surf get-up you own? 
SG:
As Diana Vreeland said: “The bikini is the most important thing since the Atom bomb." I guess my whole wardrobe is pretty glamorous.

Stephanie in the Water is available August 5 on iTunes.

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The Sound and the Fury

East London Heartbreaker Dudley O'Shaughnessy Throws Punches in High Style

Photographer Sharif Hamza captures boxer-turned-model Dudley O'Shaughnessy demonstrating the finesse and intense concentration that training for the sport demands. The 22-year-old rogue beauty stepped into the ring at the respected West Ham Boxing Club at the age of nine, following in the footsteps of his father and brother, both boxers. "Their trophies were my Action Men," says the Canning Town-bred youngster. Armed with his trademark sleek style, O'Shaughnessy went on to become the senior Amateur Boxing Association welterweight champion last year and narrowly missed a place on Team GB for the 2012 Olympics. Scouted as a model aged 19, and currently represented by Next Model Management, the blue-eyed, six-foot-one stunner has recently added acting to his CV, starring in Rihanna's steamy music video for “We Found Love,” as well as in two short films. Here, the fighter answers a round of quick-fire questions.  

Muhammad Ali or Joe Frazier?
Ali.

Professional or amateur?
Amateur. 

Swarmer or brawler?
Brawler.

Jab or hook?
Jab.

Sway or duck?
Sway.

Boxers or briefs?
Boxers.

Natural or bleached?
Natural. 

Sportswear or suit?
Sportswear.

Football or rugby?
Football.

Modeling or boxing?
Boxing.

Crowd or alone?
Alone.


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Hudson River Project

An Epic Recycled Kayak Ride Down New York's Great Waterway Soundtracked by Mogwai

Round-the-world cycling champion and adventure junky James Bowthorpe reunites with filmmaker Antony Crook to launch their latest audacious endeavor: rowing a boat constructed from New York’s refuse down the 315-mile length of the Hudson River. Today’s trailer was filmed over the course of several scouting missions to chart a route from the waterway’s highest source at Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondack Mountains, down through the Hudson River Valley and into Manhattan. “We see cities as something separate from the wilderness, but the former evolved from the latter. I’m interested in the idea of how we set up these diametrically opposed state of minds,” Bowthorpe explains. “The Hudson River Project plays to this cyclic idea, charting the path that helped to build the megalopolis.” The full-length feature, which will be set to an original soundtrack by Scottish post-rock maestros Mogwai and starts filming this fall, will follow Bowthorpe collecting discarded materials and assembling his vessel before hauling the boat to the journey’s starting point on his bike. Having completed a similar journey along the Thames in London, the Hudson River’s long stretches of treacherous white water will pose new challenges for Bowthorpe, who has enlisted survival expert and outdoorsman Phil Wrigley to ghost him on the trip.

Visit our Facebook page for an exclusive album of photos by Antony Crook taken during the scouting missions. 

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