Stab Magazine | Steph Gilmore's Electric Acid World Premiere

Steph Gilmore’s Electric Acid World Premiere


style // Apr 6, 2019
Words by Stab
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Amidst the typical chaos of the Quiksilver Pro in Coolangatta, last night we snuck off to Currumbin to introduce our second take of Electric Acid to the world. 

Rain squalls hammered the coast. The airborne event wrapped to blustery, yet bowly conditions, and as Italo stomped his single punt in the final to take the trophy (read: guitar), we sound tested our outside locale. 

Our panicked minds incessantly checked the BOM, and as predicted, the final squall passed and gave way to clear(ish) skies and an eager crowd. As we committed to our outside set-up, the early birds and grommets rolled in and quickly the word spread: the tees were free, and if you were quick, a few Coronas were too.



Miss Gilmore and Morning of the Earther, Simon Jones.


Sam Moody

The sun finally started to set, the attendees realised the rain had finally passed, and as rumours spread of us finally airing the film (it’s got to be dark for a projection), most took their place in the most uninterrupted position.

Just over a month since filming first started, it was time for Electric Acid’s second take to see the light of night. We’d seen Dane Reynolds pick apart a myriad of twins, assyms, and even a thruster, now it was the 7x World Champs turn to add a little grace to the boards defining the Alternative Age.

Editor-in-hat, Ashton Goggans gave the intro, Steph said a few absurdly modest words, and then the most cinematic shots illuminated the riverside setting with the first track of the film’s original score accompanying. 



Sam Moody


Happy birthday Crewsy! On ya for stuffing this otherwise candid capture


Sam Moody

The following 30 or so minutes were filled with Steph’s multi-craft antics in Mozambique, all interspersed with her mindful musings, closed out with a finale at home at the Gold Coast points which provided a fitting platform when Africa went flat. 

There’s little that can be put into words that adequately describes Steph atop a surfboard. Kelly’s quote in the film, that she’s “God’s gift to surfing” has never rung truer. 

We’ve learnt our lesson of spoiling winners since Mick’s Stab in the Dark, so we’ll keep this one a secret. All we’ll say is it’s more than worth viewing after we dot a few more premiere’s around the globe. Bells is up next, as is our Torquay prem, we hope to see you there.

We’ll let the remaining photos, down below, or sideway scrolled above set the remainder of the scene. It’s safe to say there’s a few panadols being pumped and decisions regretted this AM. Especially from the Airborne contingent who turned up to appreciate the other side of surfing to the fullest extent.

Also, I’d just like to blame any potential typos on the hangover I’m currently nursing. Thanks in advance. 


Coby, Harry, Jack, and Chippa.


Sam Moody



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