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Roxy's Sally Fitzgibbons, from a town on the South Coast of NSW, Australia, has been creating a huge stir in the surf industry since early 2005.
Sally has just completed her rookie year on the elite World Tour. After some early injury problems in 2009 Sally finished the year strongly with a 3rd place in Peru, a 2nd place at Sunset Beach (scoring a perfect 10 along the way) and a 3rd place at Maui giving her an overall 5th place finish. Quite the accomplishment for this quiet achiever.
Sally is the fastest ever to qualify for the ASP World Tour in 2008. It comes as no surprise as this seems to be a reoccurring standard for her. She also is the youngest surfer ever to win an ASP Pro-junior final at just 14, she also won the Under 18 and Under 16 divisions plus finish second in the World Qualifying Series division all on the same day, in her first ever event at that level!
Remarkable? That's an understatement to say the least.
"I was stoked, it was a really good contest to start the year off," says Sally, almost dismissively, as if she has to think hard to remember her stunning competitive debut. "I just had no expectations; I went out there and was having fun."
There's a zen-like simplicity about such an approach, but clearly it's a winning formula. She's not only a whiz in the water, she was an all-around athlete! Sally's impressive sporting portfolio includes State cross country and athletics titles, winning at National and Youth Olympics level in the 800m and 1500m distances in 2007. She has also represented NSW at National level in touch football and selected to play in the National schools' soccer team.
Surfing took over from her other sports in 2007 and she has since added the following trophies to the mantle: - Australasian Pro Junior Champion 2007, 2008 - ISA World Junior Champion 2007 - ASP World Junior Champion 2008 - ISA World Open Champion 2008 - ASP World Qualifying Series Champion 2008
Heady, inspiring stuff and she has only just turned 19!
Understandably she's got her more experienced female surfers checking nervously over their shoulders! But if anyone is firing warning shots across anyone else's bow, they're not coming from Sally.
"I don't really get nervous and I don't ever worry about who I'm up against," she says. "I know most of the other girls, we're all friends. If you lose it's just part of the sport."
Life at home at Gerroa on NSW's South Coast is a mixture of catching up with family and friends, surfing (of course), going to the movies and all those other sporting activities home has on offer. Follow Sally's journey on the World Tour on Twitter and her web site: www.sallyfitzgibbons.com