Fitzgibbons looking to build momentum

Ready to go: Sally Fitzgibbons can’t wait to take to the water in her own event, the Sydney International Women’s Pro, at Cronulla this week. Picture: John VeageSally Fitzgibbons is hopeful of using her own event to build some momentum heading into next year.
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Fitzgibbons will line up alongside 95 other athletesin a strong international field for the World Surf League sanctioned QS6000 event, the Sydney International Women’s Pro,the second last contest of the season before the final round in Maui.

The 25-year-old, who is eighth in the world rankings ahead of Maui, is looking to finish her season with a bang in the event at Cronulla starting today.

“It’s an amazing field to compete in,” Fitzgibbons told the Leader.

“Everyone is so hungry at this stage of the year.

“It’s an up and down year for results for me personally. I feel good in my surfing and I’m training really hard. It’s been hard getting that flow of results. Hopefully this can create some momentum for me to put a solid result on the board in Maui in the last event.”

It is a difficult time of year for some surfers on tour, with many needing to protect their points to retain their place.

Building: Sally Fitzgibbons is looking forward to getting back in the water at her own event at Cronulla this weekend. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

While it can be tough for some, Fitzgibbons said it would make the event exciting for spectators at Cronulla this weekend.

“On the surfing side I love this time of year. Heading into the last event everyone is trying to rally enough points to qualify for the world tour,” she said.

“I’m so fortunate to be able to realise a dream and enjoy life out on the tour for the last eight years.

“But at this time there’s no shortage of excitement with people missing out by point one of a score and buzzer beaters and all sorts of things going on. You’ve got the best of the best, the elite surfers in the world and they’re desperate to do well.”

Fitzgibbons is hopeful the pro event, which ties in with the International Beach Festival, could become an annual event on the surfing calendar.

“I know how tough going the first year can be for any big event,” she said.

“We’ll be gauging the reception of people over the course of the event. We’re not just going to be too proud and saying ‘this is the only way to do it.’

“This is just the starting point, we want to learn from the experience. I think it’s got the legs to be a stayer and be that annual event that everyone can’t wait for that symbolises that summer has come around again.”

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