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ROXY: As a seasoned ROXY surfer, what was it like shooting POP Surf with Roxy’s newest team rider Stephanie Gilmore?
Monyca: Shooting with Stephanie is great. She is a beautiful, smart, confident woman who knows how to shoot a photo! We also get along great behind the scenes—we make jokes, talk fashion, surf and truly enjoy our time together.
ROXY: We heard that your name can be attributed to the term ‘Mono-kini’, however is it your favorite swim style or are you more of an itsy bitsy type of girl in and out of the water?
Monyca: I love a good “Mono-kini” but I appreciate many swimwear styles as well. I think a one piece flatters my natural curves well and I also love to surf in them because they really stay on!
ROXY: Which piece from the POP Surf collection is your favorite?
Monyca: My favorite POP Surf piece from the collection is the Sunset Stripe One Piece. I love the print, the cut, and how versatile it is in and out of the water. I feel sexy, fun, and confident in it!
ROXY: We’ve heard you have the best laugh ever…what are your ingredients for fun and what makes you laugh that loveable laugh most?
Monyca: I love a good post-surf evening happy hour where everyone is cruising together talking about their best waves and best wipe outs, jokingly teasing each other, and just recapping the day.
ROXY: To the beach and beyond…how important is it for you to have something that takes you from surf style to beach style and more?
Monyca: For us surfer girls we have to be able to take our surf suit to the sand. We need a suit to stay on and be practical in the water but we also need to be able to lay out on the beach in style. POP Surf checks all the boxes!
ROXY: We know you love dressing up for red carpets in designer duds, how do you approach your style in the surf?
Stephanie: My surf style is usually pretty relaxed but I like to make a statement, so I would love to think that’s the same way that I approach the red carpet. I love when a girls look is effortless and funky. So it’s been cool playing around with the POP Surf collection because they are where fashion and surf collide. The prints stand out in the water and most importantly…function in the surf.
ROXY: We know you have loads of guitars you obsess over, but what boards are you currently loving right now?
Stephanie: During non-competition season I usually ride all kinds of different boards. Right now I have a major crush on this beautiful bright orange 7’6 Dick Brewer board that I rode in Hawaii. I stole it off my team manager ‘Belly’ and had some great sessions at big Sunset Beach. I also have a new fresh plain white single fin, shaped by Tim Stamps. It’s super light and fast on the waves but the plain white looks great, no logos just fresh and free. Oh and of course the Black board that is in the POP Surf campaign shots!! That is one of my absolute favorites…it’s a 5’8 single fin, really fast and black all over so it’s pretty rock n roll!!!
ROXY: Is the best surfer really the one having the most fun? Having 5 world titles, we figured you might know a thing or two (or 5) about being the best so we had to ask!
Stephanie: Well, I’ll let you in on a lil’ secret to my success…pure enjoyment. Fun. Passion. LIVE WHAT YOU LOVE! While it may look like there’s a lot more to it, I like to keep things simple, and being a surfer, doing what I do, this incredible world we live in is all I need to be inspired to achieve my dreams and goals. So yeah, the best surfer is the one you can see having the most fun.
ROXY: How was it shooting with Monyca Eleogram? What can you tell us that she probably wouldn’t (sorry Mons!)
Stephanie: Mons is just the sweetest human ever. She is living proof that fairytales do exist and I just stare at her because she’s such a natural beauty. And she surfs good too! Easy to shoot with, no complaints there at all. She laughs like Donkey off Shrek and totally gets away with it because she’s hilarious and we all love her.
ROXY: Which POP Surf piece can we expect you to be jaunting around the world in most?
Stephanie: I really like the Sunset Stripes One Piece and the Sunset Pant Leggings because they’re full of POP, they look incredible when surfing in them and they keep your butt from getting sunburnt!