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Get to Know etnies Girl Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons

Apr 17 2007 / Tuesday

sallyweb400_400 We recently caught up with etnies Girl Australia distributor rider Sally Fitzgibbons, who is making a name for herself with her controlled, aggressive style of surfing. Check out this quick interview with the current girls’ leader of the ASP Australasian Junior Series, and expect to hear a lot more about her in the years to come. For more info about Sally, read her etnies Girl of the Month interview from July 2005 and visit Sally’s Web site. What’s your hometown?
I’m from Gerroa, South Coast, New South Wales. Where do you live now?
Same place, but I travel a lot now. How and when did you start surfing?
I started at the age of eight when my Dad pushed me onto waves at the river mouth at Gerroa. Who did you surf with at first?
Just my Dad and my brothers Simon, Russell and Ash. Who were some early influences on your surfing?
My Dad, Layne, Chelsea and Todd Prestage. Who do you usually surf with now?
I go surfing with the Roxy crew, the Wrights (Kirby and Tyler), or anyone else hanging at the Pro Junior comps. Do you enjoy surfing in contests?
Yes, I love it, even when things don’t go well. It’s great fun. How could contests be improved?
They could incorporate a tag team for fun at some point during the day where you just grab some friends. What’s the best part about being a pro surfer?
Meeting people and putting myself to the test. What’s the worst part about being a pro surfer?
Nothing, you get to go surfing! What are your favorite surf movies?
My favorites are “First Chapter: Dane Reynolds,” “Sabotaj,” “Montaj” and “Campaign.” What kind of board do you ride?
I ride a DHD Surfboard with FCS fins. How long is it?
My board is 5’5”. How did you get on etnies?
My brother Simon contacted Toby Martin when we started doing comps.
What do you like about etnies?
The shoe range and the company vibe. What do you enjoy most about surfing?
It’s fun and challenging. Is there anything you dislike about surfing?
Nothing. Surfing is better than not surfing. Have you ever been bitten or stung in the water?
No, I’ve been lucky so far. Have you ever been the subject or perpetrator of localism?
Yes. Girls have to cope with it more than boys. Where in the world are the best waves?
I’m still looking for that place. Who are your favorite surfers of all time?
Chelsea, Sofia, Steph and Kelly. What have been the highlights of your surfing career?
My first Pro Junior win when I was 14, placing second at the World Titles and winning back-to-back Aussie titles. What do you enjoy besides surfing?
I like to skate, play my guitar and run. What are your future goals, both in surfing and in general?
My goal is to make the WCT and become a professional athlete.

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