Sally Fitzgibbons of Gerroa, above and bottom, won the Roxy Pro France defeating Lennox local Tyler Wright below, in a nail-biting final, at Le Penon Beach in Hossegor in France yesterday.
Despite losing to her country-mate, Wright’s score was enough to cement her into second place overall behind Carissa Moore.
Fitzgibbons with a stellar 19.77 ousted Steph Gilmore (14.60) in the quarters, and Wright (16.43) sent Sage Erickson (14.84) packing, before the semis where Sally (17.33) defeated Carissa Moore from Hawaii (9.83), and Tyler (14.36) won over American Lakey Peterson (12.73).
It was always going to be one of these two from the start of the event in France – Fitzgibbons was by far the standout surfer of the event, netting the day’s highest scores including a perfect 10 point ride in the quarterfinals.
The final between to the two dominating Aussies was exciting to say the least with Fitzgibbons’ form (17.67) just nudging Wright (17.00) out of the way for the win which marks her first of the 2013 season.
The Roxy Pro France is stop 7 of 8 on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour and has a waiting period from September 24-30, 2013.
Photos ASP – Kirstin Scholtz