About Sally Fitzgibbons
Sally started surfing around 6 years old but surfing wasn't the only sport she was enthusiastic about. She represented her State and Australia on fourteen occasions in a number of different sports, including athletics, winning gold at the [2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival] 800m and 1500m, touch football, soccer, surfing and cross-country running while attending Kiama High School.
As a surfer, Sally had her first significant results at the age of 14, becoming the youngest surfer to win an ASP Pro Junior (Under 21's) event, also finishing second at the World Qualifying Series (WQS) Billabong Easter Girls Festival on the same day. She continued to set records throughout her junior years, winning the Australasian Pro Junior Series in 2007 and again in 2008. At 15, Sally represented Australia at the International Surfing Association (ISA) U18 World Surfing Titles in Brazil placing second; at 16, she traveled to Portugal for the ISA U18 World Titles to win her first World Title and backed it up the following year winning both the Billabong ASP U21 World Title and the ISA World Games Open Title.
In her first attempt to reach the Women's elite World Surfing Tour via the World Qualifying Series, Sally set a record by wrapping up the 2008 WQS series in the first 5 events to become the youngest World Surfing Tour qualifier in ASP history.
2009 saw Sally finish 5th on the World Surfing Tour in her rookie year, with a win at the Portugal WQS event along the way.
In 2010 Sally was runner up in three ASP Women's World Tour events and finished the year as runner up to Stephanie Gilmore in the 2010 ASP Women's World Title.
On 23 April 2011, Sally won her first ASP World Tour event, defeating Carissa Moore in the final of the 50th Anniversary Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach.
On 30 April 2011, Sally won her second ASP World Tour event, once again defeating Carissa Moore in the final of the Subaru Pro in Taranaki, New Zealand. With this win she became the world's top-ranked female surfer and took the lead in the 2011 ASP World Tour.
In August, 2011, Sally won her third ASP World Tour event, defeating Lakey Peterson in the final of the US Open of Surf in California, USA. Sally finished the season runner up to Carissa Moore in the 2011 ASP Women's World Title.
Sally also won the 6-Star event Swatch Girls Pro France in 2011.
In February, 2012, Sally won the first ever Australian Open after defeating 2004 World Champion Sofia Mulanovich, this meant Sally will be the first person to ever hold the US and Australian Opens of Surf titles at the one time.
On the 23rd of February, 2012, at the 2012 ASP World Surfing Awards Sally won three awards. First was for being runner up in the 2011 World Tour. Second was for Sally and Carissa Moore for winning the Women's ASP Heat of the Year as voted on by their fellow competitors. Lastly Sally won the ASP Surfers' Surfer award which is a peer award.
17 March 2012, Sally wins the 6 star event the Hunter Ports Women's Classic during Surfest at Merewether Beach, Newcastle, Australia. Sally defeated Malia Manuel in the final.
April 2012, Sally wins the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach Australia, it was back-to-back wins at Bells for Sally beating 4 times world champion Stephanie Gilmore in the final.
13 May 2012, Sally wins the Billabong Rio Pro in Brazil, Sally was up against Coco Ho in the final. Victory in Rio took Sally World Tour event tally to 5 and also gave her World #2 finish for the third consecutive year an achievement she is truly proud of.
Sally's ambition to be World Champion continues as does her desire to travel the world and be the best athlete she can be.... stay tuned
Date of Birth: 19 December 1990
Born: Gerroa, New South Wales, Australia
Lives: Gerroa, New South Wales, Australia
Sponsors: Roxy, Red Bull, Firewire Surfboards, Mini, Beach Toes, Urge Footwear, Waxaway, FCS fins, Gorilla & Nanotune
World #2, 2010, 2011 & 2012 ASP World Tour
1st 2012 Billabong Pro Rio de Janeiro
2nd Gidget Pro Sunset Beach 2009
1st Nike US Open of Surf 2011
1st 2011 Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival
1st 2012 RipCurl Pro Bells Beach
1st 2011 RipCurl Pro Bells Beach
ISA World Champion 2008
ASP World Junior Champion 2007