ASP Women’s Star Events

Sally Fitzgibbons Wins The Inaugural ASP 6-Star Breaka Burleigh Pro

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Sally Fitzgibbons (Aust) has begun her 2013 season in flying form by winning the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star rated Breaka Burleigh Pro on the Gold Coast.

Fitzgibbons defeated world ranked number five surfer Courtney Conlogue (USA) in a tense high scoring final on a scoreline of 16.00 to 15.90.

Conlogue led for most of the final and looked in complete control after she locked-in  an excellent 8:00 ride early and backed it up shortly after with a strong 7.90 ride.

With just on six minutes remaining in the 30-minute final Fitzgibbons, requiring a very high score of 8.9 to take the lead, found a good wave and unleashed a series of well connected powerful trade mark bottom-through-top-turn manoeuvres to score 9 points and take the win.

“I knew what I had to do late in the final and thankfully the wave co operated and delivered the potential required to get the score – I felt I got the score when I landed the last move, gave myself a fist pump I was that confident” said Fitzgibbons.

“It’s a great start to 2013, I’ve worked hard on improving over the past few months and I’m really looking forward to the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast in a few weeks time.”

At 22-years-of-age Fitzgibbons already has an exceptional professional surfing career record which includes runner-up to the world title for the past three years and clearly her focus this season is to  go one better and claim a world title.

Conlogue was philosophical, but pleased with her second place result today.

“It’s a good start to the year for me and I felt like I surfed well all event – we’ve had great waves here at Burleigh and right now I feel ready for the Roxy Pro at Snapper Rocks.”

“Towards the end of the final I knew I had the lead but I never under estimate Sally, she’s a great surfer and always capable of 9-point rides – I was trying to better my score and she was going for a 9 point ride – she got what she required and that’s just the way it goes sometimes” added Conlogue.

Third in today’s Breaka Burleigh Pro Women’s was Sydney surfer Laura Enever who went down in a very close Semifinal to Conlogue and Hawaiian Malia Manuel who bowed out to Fitzgibbons in the other Semifinal.

Breaka Burleigh Pro Women’s 6-Star

Final: Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) 16:00, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.90

Semi 1: Sally Fitzgibbons 16.73, Malia Manuel (Haw) 13.17
Semi 2: Courtney Conlogue 14.77, Laura Enever (Aus) 14.47

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