Steph rides swell of support
NEVER has anyone had a first day back at school quite like Stephanie Gilmore.
With a media contingent filming her every move, the teen surfing sensation went back to the books yesterday after a special assembly held by Kingscliff High to celebrate her jubilant win.
The 17-year-old won the Roxy Pro at Snapper Rocks on the weekend, out-surfing some of the biggest names in the sport.
Yesterday the beaming blonde hung out with her friends dodging class doing interviews at the start of school, but was soon back to year 12.
Still enjoying the rush of her win, she admitted it would be a while before she would be able to concentrate on the words swimming before her eyes.
"It's going to be hard juggling it all, but I'm not aiming for a 99 per cent mark," she said.
"I'm cruising, doing the subjects I enjoy."
Hanging out with her friends, she said their support had been fantastic during the competition.
"It was awesome. Straight after they were all hugging me and squeezing my eyeballs out," she said.
Good mate Kristin Molloy said Stephanie's win had come as no surprise to those who knew her.
"She has always been the best, ever since she was little," she said.
"She's so good, aren't you Steph?" she laughed.
Stephanie will now try to concentrate on school between surfing Bells Beach and competitions in France and California.