Saluting Steph

Steph gladly gives an autograph to one of the girls from Rip Curl’s accounting staff.

Steph gladly gives an autograph to one of the girls from Rip Curl’s accounting staff.

Stephanie Gilmore has been on a whirlwind tour of the world. After winning the Roxy Pro in front of her hometown crowd at Snapper Rocks, she flew to Abu Dhabi to receive the coveted Laureus Award for Action Sports. She spent two days in Abu Dhabi, and then flew to L.A. For another quick whirlwind tour. One stop she made was at the headquarters of long time sponsor and supporter, Rip Curl. Dylan from Rip Curl asked me to DJ the little shindig—I said, “Anything for Steph”, and it’s true, I’d do whatever she asked me, I think I have a bit of a crush on her.—Chris Coté

Rip Curl Marketing man Dylan Slater presents Stephanie with a gift certificate for a brand new iPad!

Rip Curl Marketing man Dylan Slater presents Stephanie with a gift certificate for a brand new iPad!

Did you know Rip Curl has a bar in their lobby? I think TransWorld needs a bar. ..

Did you know Rip Curl has a bar in their lobby? I think TransWorld needs a bar...

The champ returns to America!

The champ returns to America!

Taylor Knox and his girlfriend Ann-Marie came to pat Steph on the back.

Rip Curl team rider Taylor Knox and his girlfriend Ann-Marie came to pat Steph on the back.

Alex Smith and Matt King came out and Alex even got a little make out session with Steph’s life sized cover of the new <i>Foam Magazine</i>.

Alex Smith and Matt King came out and Alex even got a little make out session with Steph’s life sized cover of the new Foam Magazine.

Steph signs Steph for our boss’s daughter (yes Liam, it is a real signature).

Steph signs Steph for our boss’s daughter (yes Liam, it is a real signature).

Stephanie Gilmore; surfing’s ultimate ambassador.

Stephanie Gilmore; surfing’s ultimate ambassador.