Aussie Sally Fitzgibbons defeated American Sage Erickson on an epic final day of competition to take the SWATCH GIRLS PRO France at Seignosse les Bourdaines beach.
“I am really excited to get the win here with everyone surfing so well. It was super challenging with the conditions, so to come out on top I am really happy. It is a great confidence boost and I came here for a little holiday but to get the win was a bonus for sure.”
Both Fitzgibbons and Erickson surfed at their top on the final day of competition in front of the packed holiday crowd who flocked to the beach to support some of the world's finest women's surfers, but it was Fitzgibbons who found the scores needed to take the SWATCH GIRLS PRO victory over the American surfer.
Fitzgibbons, who is currently rated No. 2 on the elite ASP Women's World Title Series, competed in her second consecutive SWATCH GIRLS PRO France event and her victory marks her third major ASP win this year.
The beautifull Sage Erickson was huge throughout the entirety of SWATCH GIRLS PRO competition, eventually defeating zafa Sarah Baum in the Semifinals, but was unable to overtake Fitzgibbons for the win.
“In each contest I am striving to get on the Women’s World Tour and I think it is a dream like every other surfer has to get on that tour. I have definitely been trying a lot harder to improve my surfing and it seems to be falling into place. I am really excited and I am taking it contest by contest and heat by heat.”
“Surfing against Sally, I am taking it as a learning experience, but of course I would have liked to win. I’m taking in what I did right and what went wrong so hopefully I can come back next year and continue.”
Swatch ProTeam rider Courtney Conlogue and current ASP N°7, who is a new addition to the team, gave it her all on the last day of competition, advancing through the Quarterfinals after earning some of the best event's scores. Courtney Conlogue was unable to top Fitzgibbons in the Semifinals after the Aussie found a last-minute score to issue the Courtney Conlogue an equal 3rd place finish.
Amazing performances displayed all the week, the Girls have left a message... Girls can surf like men.
Photos credit : Raphael Lereverend / Johann Mouchel / Freaksurf Mag