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Stephanie Gilmore surfing, strumming

Updated: July 22, 2013, 3:13 PM ET
By Cristina Goyanes | Special to espnW

The way surfer Stephanie Gilmore described a snapshot of her childhood, it almost sounded like a scene from the popular 1970s TV show "The Partridge Family." Odds are the 25-year-old from Kingscliff, Australia, wouldn't understand the pop-culture reference. Between jamming with her musical family, surfing with friends and playing a handful of other sports, Gilmore certainly didn't spend much time in front of the tube.

"My dad, Jeff, who's had this beautiful vintage Maton ...

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