Yes, Sally was eliminated in the semifinal, but not before delivering more than her share of upsets at the Rip Curl Women's Pro at Bells Beach. Saturday saw her triumph over 7-time ASP champ and surf legend, Lane Beachley. The heat victory set her up for advancement into the Sunday quarterfinals, where she dealt a similar blow to veteran Jacqueline Silva of Brazil.
Full results at Rip Curl Pro.
Still high from Saturday's heat, Sally joined her fellow surfers and industry brass that evening at the Annual Surfing Life Peer Poll Awards, where she won the prestigious Snickers Next Big Thing Award. The Peer Polls are exactly what they sound like - prizes awarded to the brightest surf stars as voted on by their peers. The editors of Surfing Life Magazine painstakingly polled each and every surfer on the ASP World Championship Tour to determine the winners for nine very select categories. Read more at SurfingLife.com.