Sally Fitzgibbons has won the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro today after taking down 2016 WSL Champion Tyler Wright in the Final. The Final Day of the women’s event witnessed the remaining four competitors compete in three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) conditions at Main Break in Western Australia.
The second stop of the World Surf League Championship Tour, saw Sally claim her first ever win in Margaret River, marking her 10th CT victory. Fitzgibbons’ success today now ties her for World No. 1 on the Leaderboard with six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore.
I’m so over the moon to be holding this trophy. When I heard my name being called out as the champion, I really felt a sense of belonging and calm. It’s been an amazing couple of weeks here in the West and to finish it off with a win is the best feeling. I love coming to Margaret River. I feel like it’s a place that I am super comfortable and familiar with, so it’s a special event win for me. – Sally Fitzgibbons.
The Final saw the heated all-Australian battle unfold between Fitzgibbons and Wright at Main Break. Fitzgibbons kicked off the Final with an authoritative 7.83 on her opening ride. Wright fired back on multiple attempts, but was only able to lock in mid-range scores. Fitzgibbons continued to better her position with a strong 7.07, forcing Wright to chase an excellent 8.30. On her last attempt, Wright was not able to challenge Fitzgibbons’ 14.90 combined score.
The town of Gerroa is so small and it was well represented today in the final with Tyler [Wright] and myself, which is really cool. Holding equal first on the rankings is a special feeling for me. It’s a long year, so I just need to keep focused and keep to my goals and hopefully hold on to the top spot. Continued Fitzgibbons.
Defending event winner Wright had a dominating run on her way to the Final at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, posting a number of the event’s highest heat totals along the way. Wright’s focus and determination was evident throughout the event and she will exit with a runner-up finish.
I was actually pretty happy with the way I ran the heat. Just the waves, I thought, were a little bit trickier towards the end there and I just didn’t get a clean line, but I am stoked for Sally [Fitzgibbons] to come away with the win. I’ve known Sally since I was 9-years-old, we live in the same town now, and we are both from the South Coast. I am stoked that both of us were in the Final. – Tyler Wright.
Wright’s result will improve her ranking from 5th to 3rd on the Jeep Leaderboard. Although the 2016 WSL Champion was not able to defend her event win in WA, Wright will look to best last year’s 5th place finish at Bells to close out the Australian leg.
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Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Final Results:
1 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.90
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.53
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.00 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 12.17
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.43 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10.93