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Stephanie Gilmore's Favorite Street // Rue Gambetta in Biarritz, France

Markel Redondo

Photo by Markel Redondo

La Grande Plage in Biarritz, France.

Stephanie Gilmore.        

In the world of surfing, skill brings sponsors. And for Stephanie Gilmore, the five-time world champ who’s dominated the water since 2007—when she became the only surfer to win a world title in her rookie year—the big names are knocking. This summer, the 25-year-old joins the ranks of ROXY’s surf team, building on a resumé of accolades: 2013 ESPY Female Action Sports Person of the Year, 2010 Laureus World Sports Award winner (one of the most prestigious honors in the biz) and three-time Hawaiian Triple Crown victor, to name a few. Twice a year, the Aussie surfer dries off to mix business with pleasure in Biarritz—a surf town in southwest France where boutiques and boulangeries mingle with boarders.

“This street exudes the same quaint French feel as the rest of the city,” says Gilmore. “And it’s the perfect place to wander. It runs through the city, connecting one beach to the next.”

“Go to Pâtisserie Miremont, overlooking the main beach, La Grande Plage. Order the chocolat chaud. Miremont opened in 1872 and has a wonderful, royal history, which makes it even more beautiful.”

Cote des Basques is a big area that attracts more swell than the other beaches. There’s a little castle that sits right out on the point; it’s quite magical, like something out of a Disney storybook.”

“In 2012, I won my fifth world title on Bastille Day. After, I walked down Rue Gambetta to a party at the beach with close friends. Fireworks were blasting in the sky. The streets were packed and I couldn’t have felt happier!”

Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). From there, connect to Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD), then take the TGV train two hours south to Biarritz.

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