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Fitzgibbons, Sally


Athletic regularfoot pro surfer from New South Wales, Australia; world-ranked #2 in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Fitzgibbons was born (1990) and raised in Gerroa, and began surfing at age six with her dad and her three older brothers. She was a star long distance runner in high school, winning a gold medal in track at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympics. Soon after, she turned her laser-beam focus to competitive surfing, winning the 2007 World Junior title and the 2008 World Qualifying Series, earning a slot on the elite world tour in 2009.

By 2010, Fitzgibbons was among the favorites at each tour event, and she finished the year ranked second, behind reigning world champion Stephanie Gilmore. In 2011 she won the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach (“first time I’ve had tears of joy,” Fitzgibbons told Transworld Surf magazine), and again claimed the runner-up position at season’s end, this time to Carissa Moore. She repeated her Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach win in 2012, defeating Gilmore in the final.

The always-smiling Fitzgibbons plays the sexy card at times, but prefers a clean and wholesome approach; she doesn't drink, is friendly in media interviews, and is a prolific social media user, cheerfully Tweeting support for her favorite Aussie pro sports teams. In 2012, she was named Female Surfer of the Year at the Australian Surfing Awards.

Fitzgibbons has appeared in a handful of surf videos including Dear and Yonder (2009); she was also in in the 2011 straight-to-DVD movie Blue Crush 2.