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July 30, 2014

Breaking Waves with Stephanie Gilmore

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

Filmmaker and surf enthusiast Ava Warbrick was in nearby Honolua, Hawaii, when she heard of Stephanie Gilmore's 2007 win of the Women’s World Title, the first ever to be seized by a rookie. Gripped by Gilmore’s consummate skill and poise, the aspiring director looked to her father, Claw Warbrick (founder of surf brand Ripcurl) for pointers and gained unbridled access to her subject for three years. The result, this month’s documentary Stephanie in the Water, sheds light on the pro surfer’s beginnings at the age of 21, her meteoric rise to become a five-time world champion, and the pressure to sustain it. “Stephanie is radiant and grounded and incredibly fearless,” says the director, who captured Gilmore’s elegant swan dive kick-outs in locations such as her native Australia, Micronesia, Puerto Rico and the US. “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, Warbrick completed the 16mm-shot portrait with an original score by Brooklyn-based producers Fall On Your Sword. On the occasion of the documentary, Gilmore reveals her go-to warm-up music and indispensable style advice from Diana Vreeland.

Who have been some of the women to inspire you over the years?

Stephanie Gilmore: Lisa Anderson 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 in need to get in the mood to paddle out, I listen to “Sunny" by Marvin Gaye.

One thing we would 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 from August 5 on iTunes.

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A Lineup of New Faces From Nations Competing in the European Soccer Championship

With the UEFA European Football Championships now underway in Poland and Ukraine, fresh-faced models from the participating countries fly their native colors in acclaimed photographer Roe Etheridge’s portrait series for the fifth biennial edition of Sepp magazine. Paced to coincide with the even-year cycle of international soccer tournaments, Sepp has been celebrating the crossovers between football and fashion since its launch by Editor Markus Ebner in 2002 as a “cool fanzine.” Ebner brought in esteemed creative director Beda Achermann (formerly of Men’s Vogue Germany) and Gagosian artist Etheridge to work together on the shoot. “We wanted to make a map of Europe, to show the faces of Europe with the obvious sports link but with a classic Playboy connotation,” explains Ebner. “But it wasn’t easy to cast 11 girls from 11 countries to pose pin-up style.” The collectible’s latest issue also features witty soccer-themed sketches by Karl Lagerfeld and a hyper-saturated fashion editorial by photographer Jeff Burton. In addition to running Sepp, Ebner also edits handsome German fashion glossy Achtung.

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A New Math Guide to the Olympics

Wordsmith Craig Damrauer Reworks the Sporting Lexicon of the London Games

Table tennis, discus and beach volleyball are cheekily redefined in artist and writer Craig Damrauer's series of epigrammatic Olympic equations, animated by Matt Thomas. Playing off a life-long fascination with the underlying simplicity of mathematical explanations, Damrauer started his New Math series in 2002, setting out to write formulas for everything from modern art and camping to love and boredom. Since then, his work has appeared in The New York Times, on Casey Caplowe’s design culture website GOOD, and featured as an ongoing series in The Atlantic. “I tend to analyze the world in metaphor and the New Math process is an extension of that—an exercise in metaphorical defining,” explains Damrauer. Previously showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), the artist is currently working on an essay project with online gallery and print retailer 20x200 due out this fall, and an art project called “Toward a Conversation with Trees,” which uses sensors to gather the spatial data of branches blowing in the wind. Having recently traded Brooklyn for New Orleans, Damrauer is enjoying watching the Olympic diving, soccer and track events at his local bar. “We don’t have TV,” he explains, “but it’s better that way, I think, because at the bar there will be other people and they have more beer.”

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