Stephanie Gilmore
Became the first surfer, male or female, to win the Association of Surfing Professionals world title in their rookie season, in 2007, and this year repeated the achievement.  Her luminous 2008 was highlighted by big wins all over the globe: Peru, Hawaii, Brazil, and Australia. And she barely lost ground when she finished third at the Rip Curl Pro Mademoiselle at Hossegor, France. 
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