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WHO OR WHAT’S YOUR TYPE? Needs great taste in music and an incredible sense of humour. Just make me laugh. 

Can you tell us something that would surprise us about you? I’m strangely obsessed with tragic talent and singing shows. I re-watch the video’s online if I miss an episode.

WHO IS YOUR BEST FRIEND? The Ocean. We share all of my secrets. 

What’s the most fun thing you’ve ever done as work? Travelling as an ambassador for the Australian Rhino Project to a stunning game park in South Africa to meet the wonderful creatures we believe our country can protect from extinction. It doesn’t get better than that.

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In South Africa to support the Australian Rhino Project
Credit: Instagram @stephaniegilmore

WHAT COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT? My passport.

What’s the most terrifying thing you’ve ever done as work? Walking the red carpet of the MET Gala in NYC, which is known for its 100-plus stairs, in heels with a broken knee. My doctor was horrified I even considered ditching my crutches for it. Also one of the most incredible moments and I’d do it again tomorrow. 

WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST EXTRAVAGANCE? BUYING BUSINESS CLASS TICKETS. The plane is my second bedroom. 

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Eleven-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, Steph Gilmore and John Moore, cofounder of design collective General Store, on their way to the MET Gala 2015. Gilmore wears Marchesa
Credit: Instagram @stephaniegilmore

Who do you miss the most when travelling? I’ve learnt not to miss things, because it interrupts you from being present where you are.

What’s your best long-haul travel hack? Hydration and Prosecco to keep it enjoyable.

WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING NOW IF YOU WEREN’T A PROFESSIONAL SURFER? Guitarist in a band.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST SELFIE TIP? The more awkward and funny the better.

WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU LOST YOUR TEMPER? I can’t remember because when I do I’m usually laughing five minutes later.  

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WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOU OR WHAT YOU DO? The term ‘athlete’. Ha!

WHAT FROM YOUR PAST WOULD YOU LOVE TO DELETE FROM THE INTERNET? My Wikipedia profile photo. I’m wearing a car racing suit and no matter how hard we’ve tried to change it, it remains. Now it’s just funny and I prefer it like that. 

WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU WERE SHOCKED? Trump.               

What’s been your biggest life lesson so far? Quality over quantity in every aspect, and just breathe deep and ‘let it go’.

Stephanie Gilmore is sponsored by ROXY. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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