Yeah Sally!!! Sally's FIRST WIN of her rookie tour took place yesterday when she killed it, round after round in the 6-star Estoril Billabong Pro! She held it down in the very familiar setting of Bafureira, Portugal for her second Estoril title in a row.
The ASP Release:
Bafureira, Portugal (Sunday, May 9, 2010) - The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Estoril Surf Billabong Girls 6-Star Women's event was won for the second year in row by Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in a one-sided final over Jacqueline Silva (BRA) at the main contest site of Bafureira in Estoril.
Conditions once again varied during the day with reasonable 4ft (1m) right-handers wrapping the reef at Bafureira to run the final day of the Estoril Surf Billabong Girls 2010. Event officials gave the green light for the action to with the incoming tide helping to increase the size of the waves and light winds helped to clean up conditions after yesterday's strong southerly wind.
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) was unstoppable as she steam rolled her opponents on her way to claiming back-to-back Estoril Surf Billabong Girls titles finally over coming Jacqueline Silva (BRA). Handling the testing conditions using high quality rail-to-rail carves on the complicated peak at Bafureira, Fitzgibbons never looked in doubt during the 35-minute final.
The current ASP world ranked nº2 started the final strongly with two solid rides, a 6.75 and a 7.25 out of a possible 10 to then nail shortly after an excellent 8.25 forcing Silva a combination of two rides to overtake her and in the process obtained the highest two-wave total of the day 15.50 out of a possible 20.
“I'm over the moon right now with this second win here in Estoril. It's been so much fun back here in Portugal and to be out there in the final with Jacqueline (Silva) and to be back in town where the waves are really fun. With the tide draining out this morning it was a bit lumpy so it cleaned up and I'm stoked to have a good final with waves and finish on top.”
Fitzgibbons is now set to take on her future competitive commitments confident that she can continue the good form she has shown throughout the year.
“I'm really happy with the way things are going for me this year with a few finals inrow and a couple of second places and now a first so extremely happy and confident leading into the next event. Back-to-back wins here in Portugal and I love coming here, it's a home away from home for me”
Fitzgibbons has now made 5 trips to Portugal and come away with 4 titles.
Sally's next event is in France in a few days provided that the airports remain open.