DVD Review: Stephanie In The Water
Every now and then I love a good surfing documentary, so when the chance to review Stephanie In The Water came along I jumped at the chance. I knew nothing about the focus of the documentary, Stephanie Gilmore, other than what I read on the back of the DVD case. The interesting part of this documentary looked like it was going to be about what kind of violent turn of events ended her world champion winning streak, and how she reassessed her future.
If you don’t know Stephanie Gilmore’s story, then consider this a spoiler warning.
Stephanie In The Water is essentially a two part story – the build up to the violent event, getting to know Stephanie and following her as she wins four world titles. This is followed up by her reflections and where she decides to go next.
The actual event is almost a non-event. I know that might sound harsh to some, and I realise than it was a big deal for Stephanie, but reading the back of the DVD I was expecting some cruel attack by a competitor, or at least a fan of a competitor. What we get instead is a wrong time, wrong place random attack that put Stephanie in hospital, but not out of the sport.