The reigning New Zealand Pro champion was knocked by American Lakey Peterson in the quarter-finals at Taraniki before current No.1 Stephanie Gilmore stamped her return to form with her second event win of the year and third consecutive final.
After conquering Bells for the second time in as many years and silencing four-time world champion and good friend Gilmore in the process, Sal never really got into her groove on New Zealand's North Island, forced into the second redemption round by Peterson before being knocked by the the American for a second time in the quarter-final with a two-wave total of 14 points to Lakey's 16.5.
Gilmore however had no such trouble, dominating the event to defeat reigning world champion Carissa Moore in the final and extend her tour lead to more than 6000 points from Fitzgibbons after three of seven rounds on the women's tour.
The good news for Sal? The women's tour continues to Sydney Northern Beaches next week at Dee Why, just up the road from where the 21-year-old claimed the inaugural Australian Open of Surfing in February.
Competition is scheduled to start on Wednesday, April 18.
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