Sally Fitzgibbons has won the Roxy Pro France 2013 on Wednesday, defeating fellow Australian Tyler Wright.
In what was Fitzgibbons’s maiden tour victory for 2013, the 22-year-old rode a perfect 10 in the final to take her two wave combined total to 17.67, just scraping past Wright’s 17.00.
Taking the upper hand in the heat after scoring a perfect 10 early, Fitzgibbons performed strongly with her trademark energy showing through in the 3 to 4ft conditions.
“It’s been a long road this year and I wanted to finish strong,” she said.
“It’s the most amazing feeling; I’ve got my brother and my dad here and all my family watching online, they’ve been there for me every step of the way!”
Fitzgibbons, who was the first to score a perfect 10 in France, held onto three of the highest scoring rides of the whole event to dominate her opponents throughout the contest.
Not to be outdone, Wright from Culburra on the NSW North Coast, scored a perfect 10 of her own, but it was not enough to out-do the fast finishing Fitzgibbons.
“I didn’t really have expectations, I’ve come here to surf, have fun and enjoy myself,” Wright said.
“It was awesome to see Sally go out there and win her first event this year ’cause I know it means a lot to her”.
The final, Wright’s third of the year cements her 2nd position on the world tour rankings, 200 points behind Carissa Moore, setting up a thrilling final event finish in Portugal next week.
Moore, placing third in France was disappointed she couldn’t capatilise on her strong early round performances to consolidate her ratings lead.
“Of course I’m bummed, I wanted to make the final and have a strong performance but that’s competition. I just have to stay happy and focused and get excited for Portugal,” she said. – Jack Hislop
Photo taken from Sally Fitzgibbons Twitter account