1. Stephanie Gilmore
Photograph By Ryan Miller/Red Bull
Stephanie Gilmore came out swinging in 2014. After a lackluster, injury-plagued season that saw her slide down the ASP ratings to an uncharacteristic fifth in 2013, the five-time world champion proved she's just as much a competitive threat as ever, dominating the Roxy Pro Gold Coast to take the first event of the new year. Transcending surfing, Gilmore is also an ESPY winner, as well as a Laureus World Sports Award recipient.