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"I'm so stoked. It's been a long road this year," said Fitzgibbons. "In the final we switched peaks and I was just sorting things out when she dropped that ten. I couldn't hear anything after that, and when I got that last good one, I was just hoping that it was enough."© 2013 ASP/Cestari
The 22 year old from New South Wales overcame World Title hopeful, Tyler Wright, in the final, despite Wright posting a 10-point ride under Fitzgibbon's priority, with just five minutes on the clock.© 2013 ASP/Kirstin
Tyler Wright may have lost agonizingly in the final moments, but a second place finish will do no harm to her World Title campaign.
Five time world champion, Steph Gilmore, excelled in the early rounds, but failed to surmount a supreme 19.77 quarterfinal heat score from the eventual winner.© 2013 ASP/Cestari
Ratings leader, Carissa Moore, looked rattled in her Semi Final loss to Fitzgibbons. Perhaps the word title pressure is taking its toll.© 2013 ASP/Cestari
Lakey Peterson was another on form surfer, posting two 9+ scores in her quarter final against Courtney Conologue.© 2013 ASP/Cestari
Sage Erickson© 2013 ASP/Kirstin
Lakey Peterson shows some power.© 2013 ASP/Kirstin
Although the Roxy Pro is over, the peaks of Hossegor will not stay empty for long, with the round one of the Quik Pro looking likely to run tomorrow.© 2013 ASP/Kirstin
In a high scoring, tension infused final at Le Penon beach, Australian, Sally Fitzgibbons, defeated her compatriot, Tyler Wright, by .67 of a point.
Sitting in second, just behind Carissa Moore on the ASP rankings, Wright must have felt the Roxy Pro trophy in her grasp when she posted a perfect 10-point ride with just five minutes to spare. However, Fitzgibbons kept her cool, and when a walling left came her way she fired off a string of solid backhand turns culminating in a shorebreak bash and subtle claim.
In the final seconds Wright prowled the inside, looking for a modest score to backup her perfect ride. But it was to no avail, the fun peaks which had pulsed throughout the day would not materialise, and Fitzgibbons raised her arms to the sky in near disbelief.
“I’m so stoked. It’s been a long road this year,” said Fitzgibbons. “In the final we switched peaks and I was just sorting things out when she dropped that ten. I couldn’t hear anything after that, and when I got that last good one, I was just hoping that it was enough.”
Tomorrow the men’s world tour will take to the water for the first round of the Quik Pro. The official Magicseaweed forecast can be viewed here.