Fitzgibbons stars at Roxy Pro

Fitzgibbons stars at Roxy Pro
By Eurosport

14/07/2012 at 03:44Updated 14/07/2012 at 21:04

Sally Fitzgibbons of Australia thrived after a sluggish start as the Roxy Pro finally got underway after three lay days in Biarritz.

Sunny and warm weather along with 3-5ft clean waves were on offer throughout the day as Fitzgibbons, who lost in round one, recovered to score the highest heat total.

An excellent 18.15 out of 20 earned by aggressively surfing two long right-handers all the way to the beach saw the Australian take the plaudits in what represented a very fine performance.

“The first round is tough, especially with the small amount of waves I just didn’t have that rhythm and I really feel like I got back into the groove in that second one,” Fitzgibbons said.

“I’m definitely feeling confident in my surfing and found the right waves. I think beachbreaks here in France just have a mind of their own and I was just trying to link up with that and predict its next move, you know, sort of changes every five minutes. I’m loving the challenge of trying to find those fun little waves.”

Fitzgibbons, currently second in the world title race, needs a strong result in France to stay in contention, and later confirmed her form in round three when she won and qualified for the quarter-finals, sending Hawaiians Coco Ho and Lakey Peterson out in the fourth round.

“It was good to get rounds two and three sort of under the belt,” Fitzgibbons said.

“I really got to loosen up in those heats and got some good and long running waves. It’s good to be moving through and I feel like I’m building my surfing throughout the event.”

Round four match-ups:

Courtney Conlogue (USA), Lakey Peterson (USA)

Coco Ho (HAW, Rebecca Woods (AUS)

Malia Manuel (HAW), Paige Hareb (NZL)

Laura Enever (AUS), Sofia Mulanovich (PER)

Round three results

Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.10, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.40, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 11.30

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.40, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.55, Lakey Petersen (USA) 8.35

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.00, Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.70, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.60

Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.00, Laura Enever (AUS) 9.25, Paige Hareb (NZL) 6.10

Round two results

Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 12.75 def. Sarah Mason (NZL) 12.40

Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.25 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 13.35

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 18.15 def. Johanne Defay (REU) 11.00

Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.75 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 11.00

Coco Ho (HAW) 16.00 def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 15.15

Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.65 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 7.50

Round one results

Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.50, Sarah Mason (NZL) 13.15, Coco Ho (HAW) 9.00

Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.05, Lakey Peterson (USA) 10.65, Sage Erickson (USA) 8.10

Rebecca Woods (AUS) 11.30, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 10.00, Johanne Defay (FRA) 6.60

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.20, Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.80, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 7.75

Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.30, Justine Dupont (FRA) 14.90, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 5.00

Laura Enever (AUS) 14.50, Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.15, Pauline Ado (FRA) 7.40