Sally Fitzgibbons has won the ASP 6-Star Swatch Girls Pro France after an enthralling battle against Californian Sage Erickson in solid 4ft peaks at Les Bourdaines.
'I came here for a little holiday... to get the win was a bonus for sure'
Fitzgibbons, 20, who surfed a thrilling semi-final duel with 18-year-old Courtney Conlogue, continued with a dominating display of committed backhand surfing in the 35-minute final to take an early lead which she controlled through to the siren.
“I am really excited to get the win here with everyone surfing so well," she said. "It was super challenging with the conditions, so to come out on top I am really happy. It is a great confidence boost and I came here for a little holiday but to get the win was a bonus for sure.”
Fitzgibbons showed extraordinary wave selection skills, choosing the larger peeling lefts to build on her scores to end with a combined two-wave heat total of 16.00 out of 20, the highest of the event.
“The waves were great and we held off until this afternoon with the high tide so it was a good way to finish off. The last section is so challenging so I made sure to go harder on the first couple of sections. I am stoked with the scores and to make it through to the podium.”
Fitzgibbons currently sits second in the race for this year’s ASP Women’s World Tour title which continues with the Roxy Pro at Biarritz, France, in July.