We were inspired to give back to the community, learn about the Fijian culture, swim like mermaids, surf the longest waves of our lives, workout with world class surfer Sally Fitzgibbons (and somehow keep up), but more importantly, we made lifelong friends. #DAREYOURSELF
See how the winners spent their time on this little heart-shaped island in this video!
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 22, has won the Roxy Pro France today in Seignosse Le Penon narrowly defeating fellow Australian Tyler Wright (AUS) 19, in clean 3-4Ft surf.
Penultimate event on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Roxy Pro France marks Fitzgibbons’s first event win this season. An absolute standout today, Fitzgibbons was the first surfer to net a perfect 10 in France, and holds three of the highest wave scores of the event.
“I’m so stoked, it’s been a long road this year and I wanted to finish strong,” an ecstatic Fitzgibbons stated. “In that final we switched peaks and I was just sorting things out when she got that 10, and I couldn’t hear anything after that. I got that last good one and I was hoping it would be enough. It’s the most amazing feeling! I’ve got my brother and my dad here and all my family watching online, they’ve been there for me every step of the way!”
A dominant surfer in previous heats where she comboed her opponents several times, Fitzgibbons had to fight through a tight back and forth battle in the final when Wright caught an inside righthander to score the only other perfect 10 point ride of the event.
“It was a tricky situation, I had priority and a sneaky right came in and I was looking for the lefts,” Fitzgibbons continued. “She went for it and really stepped it up, I saw her do that little air out the back and I thought game on I got to do something big now! Patience and perseverance and just keeping your head down, I kept going and I’m just so happy!!”
Tyler Wright (AUS) 19, consistently advanced through the rounds to earn her spot in the final. Off to a great start in the opening minutes of the exchange, Wright was chasing an excellent score when she found the little righthander that earned her a perfect 10 point ride. Suffering another assault from Fitzgibbons, she unfortunately couldn’t find a last opportunity to ameliorate her backup of a 7.00 point and eventually placed runner-up.
“I didn’t really have expectations, I’ve come here to surf, have fun and enjoy myself !” Wright said. “It was awesome to see Sally go out there and win her first event this year cause I know it means a lot to her, and she surfed awesome, definitely the standout of the event. She smashed it and that’s great for our sport to have a surfer like her on tour.”
Posting a third runner-up finish on the board, Wright consolidates her current second place on the rankings and sits an incredibly low 200 points behind current leader Carissa Moore, making for a spectacular finish next week in Portugal.
“I don’t plan on doing anything special like that I just do it, it’s the way I surf. That was a really entertaining final with Sally getting that last one too. The points and numbers don’t really matter to me, they never have. I’m just here surfing and having fun that’s what I do best. This year was never about that, I’m just happy to be on tour and living the life I live !”
Carissa Moore (HAW) 21, placed equal third today, adding yet another excellent result to her season tally, and will be looking to finish strong in Portugal to keep her dream of a second World Title alive. The powerful Hawaiian who earlier today defeated local surfer Pauline Ado (FRA), couldn’t match Fitzgibbons’s sizzling form in their semi-final matchup.
“Of course I’m bummed I wanted to make the final and have a strong performance, but that’s competition I just have to stay happy and focused and get excited for Portugal,” Moore stated. “I think the biggest key to winning in a place like this is being able to adapt very quickly cause it’s always changing out here. I didn’t find the waves that really built up and allowed for good surfing.”
Lakey Peterson (USA) 19, reached the semi-finals for the second time this season, narrowly defeated by Tyler Wright. One of the most progressive surfers on the Women’s World Championship Tour, Peterson put on a spectacular show for the French crowds and took things to the air in a promising preview of what the future of women’s surfing holds.
“I’m just a little bummed the waves did not cooperate in that last heat, the tide got a little to low,” Peterson said. “But I had fun, it’s nice to get a good result it’s been a little while. I love it here in France, now I can just enjoy it a little bit and head to Portugal for the last event of the year. I might stick around and surf a little more here, and watch the guys tomorrow, we’ll see it’s my birthday so I kind of want to hang out.”
When traveling the world ROXY Outdoor Fitness ambassador and surf team rider Sally Fitzgibbons always has her fit ball, providing the focus for a great workout. (Fun Fact: Sally literally will bring her pump and ball everywhere –even a catamaran off the coast of Tahiti!).
This piece of equipment provides endless options when developing workout routines. Take a journey through Sally’s personal morning workout routine in her Fresh Water Tee and Enhance Capris straight from her beachside backyard in hometown Gerroa, Australia.Each of the 4 fit ball exercises has a balance element, making them perfect for simulating being on a surfboard, while also being great for building power and strength in your day-to-day living and activities.
Remember to smile while exercising to help distract yourself from any pain or fatigue you may feel…smile and go the mile!
Grab your fit ball and Dumbbells and here we GO!
Dumbbell Shoulder Press – Stabilize yourself on the ball then alternate your arms for shoulder press. Use weights that suite the level you are at and think tall and strong through your mid section. Do 10 reps each arm x 3
Hammy Curls – Start on your back with legs straight on the Fit ball and hold a solid plank. Don’t let your back lower or sink and pull your legs back toward your butt. Slowly release back to straight. You will feel this in the back of your legs, great strengthener for your hamstrings. Do 15 reps x 3
Single leg Squat- Grab your dumbbells that suite your ability and place one leg up on the Ball. Without having your front knee bend beyond your toe line, lower the back knee toward the ground for a single leg squat. Do 10 reps each leg x 3
Plank on Bench - Use your surroundings, find a wall or bench that is close to the same height as the fit ball and challenge yourself in doing a raised plank. Build up from 30seconds to 1 minute holds.
What we woke up to was nothing short of a Roxy dream. We quickly boarded a boat and drifted off to the secluded island of Moorea, with bikinis in tow and sandals in hand, we got ourselves ready for a swim with some friends. After that, we dove right in with a lagoon full of stingrays (Kelia’s little buds), sharks and other sea friends that were welcoming and waiting. Fast forward and we’re living on Tahiti Yacht catamarans a short ride away from one of the biggest and best offshore breaks in the world – Teahupoo. In true Polynesian fashion, we got the lay of the land with Raimana (aka the mayor of Tahiti) who showed us the best breaks, pineapple groves, sunset points, coral reefs, and most delicious Poisson Cru in town (yum!).
This is the Roxy way of life and we’re just starting to heat things up…Here’s some of our favorite pics from the beautiful Polynesian Island. #DAREYOURSELF to keep dreaming big…
Roxy team rider Sally Fitzgibbons and Laura Enever earned double interferences in Round 3 of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.
Both girls saw potentially high scores as they vied for position and ended up in a collision instead, sending them both to Round 4 heats for their last chance at a Quarterfinal slot, but only Sally advanced #GOSally. Watch Sally’s upcoming semifinal heat live here.
Sea turtles, heavy waves, and private beaches make for the ultimate island escape. Touch down on any of the remote islands of French Polynesia (which include Tahiti, Bora Bora, and about 116 others), and you may never want to leave. Our friends at the excellent travel website Fathom, along with pro surfer Sally Fitzgibbons, weigh in with a few top picks to help you navigate an island hop plus a collection filled with some island favorites!
Stay at Ninamu, a rustic retreat on Tikehau Atoll with tons of excursions and activities that are just part of the experience.
Shop the markets near Gallieni Quay ferry dock in downtown Papeete.
“There are amazing local handcrafted Tahitian goods and plenty of jewelry made with the famous Tahitian Black Pearls. I brought back some really nice sarongs and beautifully smelling soaps and oils.” – Sally Fitzgibbons
Take It In
Buy a ukelele. Eat firifiri doughnuts. Hug a manta ray. Charter a private cruise aboard a modern sailing catamaran with Tahiti Yacht Charter out of Raiatea.
Don’t Miss Out
Throw a motu picnic, French Polynesian’s answer to the preppy clambake.
“Go out on one of the boats even if it’s just for the day. Go out snorkeling on the reefs, swim with the stingrays and sharks if you are feeling daring. Just enjoy yourself in the beautifully blue ocean.” – Sally Fitzgibbons
Get more of Sally’s Tahiti tips – swimming with sharks, living on catamarans – on Fathom.
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Playful right-handers and crystal-clear waters—the Maldives almost seems like they were made for our Roxy Surf Team. The tropical paradise has three key surfing zones spanning over 300 miles—that’s 300 miles of pristine point breaks as well as colorful, shallow reefs. Whether it was Sally Fitz slashing a front-hand right, or Kassia Meador dancing on her longboard, the Roxy girls were chasing dreams and catching waves just in time when spring fever set in. They grabbed their spring bikinis for single-fin cruises and reef explorations. Check out a snapshot of their Maldivian adventures.
The Women’s ASP World Tour ended with a bang this year (and so did Sally!) in our backyard at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Sally Fitzgibbons dominated every heat over the weekend and finished with an impressive semi-final result.
After multiple ASP wins this season (along with a year of accomplishments such as Australian Female Surfer of the Year and Bachelorette of the Year), Sally finished ASP runner-up and is now ranked #2 in the world. Be sure to congratulate Sally on a great year #GoSally
Next stop- great waves, warm water, and a photo shoot with the Roxy girls! Stay tuned and follow @Sally_Fitz on her worldwide adventure!