Sally Fitzgibbons

Sally Anne Fitzgibbons (born 19 December 1990) is an Australian professional surfer on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour (2009–2013). In June 2019, she was ranked No. 1 in the world for women's surfing after winning the Rio Pro.

Sally Fitzgibbons
SallyPortrait.jpg
Personal information
Born (1990-12-19) 19 December 1990 (age 30)
Gerroa, New South Wales
ResidenceGerroa, New South Wales
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight60 kg (132 lb)[1]
Surfing career
Best year2011 – Runner-up and 3 Women's World Tour Wins
Career earnings$1,017,750.00
SponsorsSharpeye surfboards, Almond Breeze, Breitling, Under Armour, Boost Mobile, Land Rover, Novotel, FCS fins, Devika.com
Major achievementsASP World Junior Champion 2007, ISA World Champion 2008, 1st 2011 and 2012 RipCurl Pro Bells Beach, 1st 2011 Subaru Pro New Zealand, 1st Nike US Open of Surf 2011, 2nd Gidget Pro Sunset Beach 2009, 1st Roxy Pro France 2013, 1st Fiji Pro 2014 & 2015, 1st Billabong Rio Pro Brazil 2012, 2014 & 2019, World Runner-up 2010, 2011 & 2012 ASP World Tour and been ranked #1 in the world 6 times
Surfing specifications
StanceRegular
Websitesallyfitzgibbons.com
Fitzgibbons (far right) aboard super-maxi yacht Perpetual Loyal

Surfing careerEdit

Fitzgibbons was born in Gerroa, New South Wales, Australia.[2] As a 14-year-old, Sally Anne won the ASP Pro Junior open, an event open to any female surfer 21 and younger.[2] She started surfing at a young age, winning the Icon All-Girls Open Event Lennox Head in 2006 aged 16.[3] She represented her State and Australia on many occasions in a number of different sports, including athletics, winning gold at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival 800m and 1500m,[4] touch football, soccer, surfing and cross-country running while attending Kiama High School.

As a surfer, Sally Anne had her first significant results aged 14, becoming the youngest surfer to win an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Pro Junior (Under 21s) event, also finishing second at the World Qualifying Series (WQS) Billabong Easter Girls Festival on the same day.[5] She continued to set records throughout her junior years, winning the Australasian Pro Junior Series in 2007 and 2008. At 15, Fitzgibbons represented Australia at the International Surfing Association (ISA) U18 World Surfing Titles in Brazil placing second; at 16, she travelled to Portugal for the ISA U18 World Titles and won her first World Title[6] and backed it up the following year winning both the Billabong ASP U21 World Title and the ISA World Games Open Title.[7]

In her first attempt to reach the women's elite World Surfing Tour via the World Qualifying Series, Fitzgibbons set a record by wrapping up the 2008 WQS series in the first 5 events to become the youngest World Surfing Tour qualifier in ASP history.[8]

After a ten-point ride in the semi at North Narrabeen beach, Fitzgibbons won the junior women's world surfing championship.[9]

2009 saw Fitzgibbons finish 5th on the World Surfing Tour in her rookie year, with a win at the Portugal WQS event along the way.

In 2010 Fitzgibbons came runner up in three ASP Women's World Tour events and finished the year as runner up to Stephanie Gilmore in the 2010 ASP Women's World Title.

On 23 April 2011, Fitzgibbons won her first ASP World Tour event, defeating Carissa Moore in the final of the Rip Curl Women's Pro at Bells Beach[10]

On 30 April 2011, Fitzgibbons won her second ASP World Tour event, once again defeating Carissa Moore in the final of the Subaru Pro in Taranaki, New Zealand.[11] With this win she became the world's top-ranked female surfer and took the lead in the 2011 ASP World Tour.

In August, 2011, Fitzgibbons won her third ASP World Tour event, defeating Lakey Peterson in the final of the US Open of Surf in California, USA.[12] She finished the season runner up to Carissa Moore in the 2011 ASP Women's World Title.

On 6 December 2011, Fitzgibbons came 5th in the 2011 Surfer Poll Awards held by Surfer magazine.[13]

In 2011 Fitzgibbons also won the 6-Star event Swatch Girls Pro France.

In February, 2012, Fitzgibbons won the first ever Australian Open after defeating 2004 World Champion Sofia Mulanovich, this meant Fitzgibbons will be the first person to ever hold the US and Australian Opens of Surf titles at the one time.[14]

On 23 February 2012, at the 2012 ASP World Surfing Awards Fitzgibbons won three awards. First was for being runner up in the 2011 World Tour. Second was for Fitzgibbons and Carissa Moore for winning the Women's ASP Heat of the Year as voted on by their fellow competitors. Lastly she won the ASP Surfers’ Surfer award which is a peer award.[15]

17 March 2012, Fitzgibbons won the 6 star event the Hunter Ports Women's Classic during Surfest at Merewether Beach, Newcastle, Australia. Fitzgibbons defeated Malia Manuel in the final.[16]

April 2012, Fitzgibbons won the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach Australia, it was back-to-back wins at Bells for Fitzgibbons. She beat 4 times world champion Stephanie Gilmore in the final.[17]

13 May 2012, Fitzgibbons won the Billabong Rio Pro in Brazil, she was up against Coco Ho in the final.[18]

Tokyo OlympicsEdit

Sally qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2019 by finishing in the top 8 on the WSL World Tour that year. Due to the COVID pandemic the games were postponed until 2021. Sally won a gold medal at the final qualifying event at the ISA World Games in El Salvador in June 2021 (her 4th ISA Gold medal) in the lead up to Tokyo.

Career victoriesEdit

ASP/WSL Women's World Tour Wins
Year Event Venue Country
2011 Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach, Victoria   Australia
2011 Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival Taranaki   New Zealand
2011 US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach, California   United States
2012 Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach, Victoria   Australia
2012 Billabong Rio Pro Rio de Janeiro   Brazil
2013 Roxy Pro France Hossegor   France
2014 Billabong Pro Brazil Rio de Janeiro   Brazil
2014 Fiji Pro Tavarua   Fiji
2015 Fiji Pro Tavarua   Fiji
2017 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Margaret River, Western Australia   Australia
2019 Oi Rio Pro Rio de Janeiro   Brazil
2020 WSL World Tour Cancelled
2021 Rottnest Island Pro Ripcurl Search Rottnest Island, Western Australia   Australia

ResultsEdit

2015 Results –

Roxy Pro Gold Coast 9th
Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach 3rd
Women's Drug Aware Margaret River Pro 3rd
Oi Rio Women's Pro 9th
Fiji Women's Pro 1st
Women's Vans US Open of Surfing 2nd
Swatch Women's Pro 5th
Cascais Women's Pro 3rd
Roxy Pro France 5th
Target Maui Pro 2nd

2014 Results –
• 5th ASP Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, Australia
• 3rd ASP US Open of Surf, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
• 3rd ASP Rip Curl Women's Pro, Bells Beach, Australia
• 1st ASP Billabong Pro Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
• 1st ASP Fiji Pro Fiji, Cloudbreak, Fiji
• 3rd ASP US Open of Surf, California, USA
• 2nd ASP Hurley Trestles Pro, California, USA
• 5th ASP Roxy Pro France, Hossegor, France
• 2nd ASP EDP Pro Portugal, Cascais, Portugal
• 5th ASP Target Pro, Maui, USA

2013 Results –
• 1st ASP 6STAR Break Burleigh Pro, Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia
• 2nd ASP 6STAR Hunter Ports Women's Classic, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
• 2nd ASP Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, Australia
• 3rd ASP TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival featuring the Dow AgroSciences Pro, Taranaki, New Zealand
• 3rd ASP Drug Aware Pro, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
• 5th ASP Rip Curl Women's Pro, Bells Beach, Australia
• 2nd ASP Billabong Colgate Plax Pro Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
• 5th ASP US Open of Surf, California, USA
• 1st ASP Roxy Pro France, Hossegor, FRA
• 2nd ASP EDP Billabong Pro, Portugal, PRT

2012 Results – Runner-up WT Ranking
• 1st ASP 6STAR Australian Open, Manly, Australia
• 3rd ASP Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, Australia
• 1st ASP 6STAR Hunter Ports Women's Classic, Newcastle, Australia
• 1st ASP Rip Curl Women's Pro, Bells Beach, Australia
• 5th ASP TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival featuring the Dow AgroSciences Pro, Taranaki, New Zealand
• 5th ASP Beachley Classic, Dee Why, Australia
• 1st ASP Billabong Rio Pro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
• 5th ASP Roxy Pro, Biarritz, France
• 3rd ASP US Open of Surf, California, USA

2011 Results – Runner-up WT Ranking
• 3rd ASP 6STAR Legendary Pacific Coast Pro, Newcastle, Australia
• 3rd ASP Roxy Pro, Biarritz, France
• 3rd ASP Beachley Classic, Dee Why, Australia
• 2nd ASP Billabong Rio Pro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
• 1st ASP 6STAR Swatch Girls Pro, Hossegor, France
• 1st ASP US Open of Surf, California, USA
• 3rd ASP Roxy Pro, Gold Coast, Australia
• 1st ASP Rip Curl Women's Pro, Bells Beach, Australia
• 1st ASP Subaru TSB Bank Pro WT, Taranaki, New Zealand

2010 Results – Runner-up WT Ranking

  • 2nd ASP Movistar Classic WT Peru
  • 1st ASP Estoril Surf Festival 6 Star WQS Guinch Portugal
  • 2nd ASP Beachley Classic WT Dee Why Australia
  • 2nd ASP TSB Bank Pro WT Taranaki New Zealand
  • 3rd ASP RipCurl Pro WT Bells Beach Australia
  • 2nd ASP Drug Aware Pro 6Star WQS Margaret River

2009 Results – 5th WT Ranking

  • 3rd ASP Billabong Pro WT Honolua Bay Maui Hawaii
  • 2nd ASP Gidget Pro WT Sunset Beach Hawaii
  • 3rd ASP Ripcurl Pro WT Lobitos Peru
  • 1st ASP Estoril Festival 6 Star WQS Guinch Portugal
  • 3rd ASP RipCurl Pro WT Bells Beach Australia

Other sportsEdit

Fitzgibbons competed in athletics before she started her professional surfing career. She was a national champion winning middle-distance runner in the 800m and 1500m, also winning gold medals in both those events at the 2007 Youth Olympics. She also played touch football and soccer.[2] She is a third cousin of former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Bosnich.

As a sport fan, she supports the rugby league NRL team the St George Illawarra Dragons.

She is also a massive AFL fan and follows the Geelong Cats. Her favourite players are Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Sally Fitzgibbons". worldsurfleague.com. World Surf League. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Tighe, Robert (November 2010). "Sally Fitzgibbons, The small-town tomboy and promising track athlete-turned-surfing superstar is more at home in the water than anywhere else". The Red Bulletin. Auckland: Red Bull: 32.
  3. ^ "All Girls Showdown –". Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  4. ^ "The Day Sally Ditched Athletics For Surfing". Illawarra Mercury. 3 February 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  5. ^ "14-Year-Old Sally Fitzgibbons Etches Name in Australian Surf History –". Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  6. ^ "ISA World Gold Medalists –". Archived from the original on 15 July 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  7. ^ "ISA World Surfing News –". Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Sally Sets Off To Take On Worlds Best". Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  9. ^ "Surf: Fitzgibbons wins Junr women's title". Australian Associated Press – Sports News. 7 January 2008.
  10. ^ "Sally Fitzgibbons Claims Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach, Maiden Elite Tour Win". ASP International. 23 April 2011. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  11. ^ "Sally Fitzgibbons Takes Back-To-Back Wins at Subaru Pro in New Zealand". ASP International. Archived from the original on 3 May 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 November 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Slater, Moore and Year Zero Take Top Honors at 2011 SURFER Poll". hawaiinewsnow.com. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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