Stephanie Gilmore.
Stephanie Gilmore.

Gilmore bounces back from attack

FOUR-TIME women's world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore says she has mentally recovered from the violent attack in December that left her with a broken arm and unable to surf.

After being assaulted outside her home, Gilmore was forced out of the water for almost two months and experienced her worst season on tour, leaving the world title to be battled out between good friend Sally Fitzgibbons and eventual champion Hawaiian Carissa Moore.

With the women's season over and two months to focus on herself, Gilmore said she will have some new tricks up her sleeve come the Roxy Pro in February.

"The rest of this year is just about watching swells around the world and going surfing - sort of like Storm Surfers but maybe not as big as what Ross Clarke-Jones rides," Gilmore said, with a trademark laugh.

"Now, all that stuff is behind me, it's just about surfing - images and footage for my sponsors and videos. The arm's good. It's like new again."


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